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Monday, December 21, 2015

Five things to look for in Lions at Saints | Yardbarker.com

Five things to look for in Lions at Saints | Yardbarker.com: The Saints aren’t making the playoffs. This much we know. But they have to win out to avoid a losing season – something I can promise you is a motivating factor for the players and coaches. This is a Monday Night game in Prime Time in front of a national audience and regardless of how bad these teams have been at times this year they’re not going to want to embarrass themselves on this stage. I believe the effort will be there. Here’s five things to look for:

NFL Monday Night Football: Why Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans Saints Could Be Epic

NFL Monday Night Football: Why Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans Saints Could Be Epic: This week’s edition of NFL Monday Night Football is arguably the least-anticipated MNF showdown of the season. The 5-8 New Orleans Saints — mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, holding last place in the NFC South — host the 4-9 Detroit Lions, who are in the exact same position in the NFC North. On the surface, it looks like a game worth missing.

Memphis named in Top 10 cities for home-buying millennials - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis named in Top 10 cities for home-buying millennials - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee: The Millennials are coming.

At least, that's what Realtor.com said. The real estate site predicted that in 2016, Memphis will be one of the top cities for millennials to buy homes.

Memphis ranked third out of 10 cities, just behind Atlanta, Georgia, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and just before Boston, Massachusetts.

According to the website, Memphis has a slightly higher share of 25- to 34-year-olds than the average U.S. city with 13.5 percent of the population.�

Say Hello to a Permanent $500,000 Section 179 - News | Agweb.com

Say Hello to a Permanent $500,000 Section 179 - News | Agweb.com: Farmers who have been anxious about the status of Section 179 can now breathe easier. President Obama signed legislation that addresses the matter on Friday, Dec. 18, as part of a $622 million package of tax extenders.

“One of the key provisions for farmers is to make Section 179 permanent at the $500,000 level,” says accountant and Farm Journal columnist Paul Neiffer. “Once equipment purchases total $2 million, then the allowed Section 179 amount will start to phase-out dollar-for-dollar and no more will be allowed after $2.5 million. Additionally, the amount will be indexed to inflation in $10,000 increments.� Starting with tax years beginning in 2016, air conditioning and furnace units will also qualify for Section 179.”

Farms in the projects? Yes—and that's just the beginning | Crain's New York Business

Farms in the projects? Yes—and that's just the beginning | Crain's New York Business: You wouldn’t expect to find a vegetable farm at a public housing development in New York City. But a one-acre farm at Red Hook Houses—the first-ever large farm on New York City Housing Authority property—is growing cabbage, collard greens, butternut squash and basil. Soon, new urban farms will sprout on five more NYCHA properties in Brownsville and Canarsie in Brooklyn, East Harlem, the Bronx and Staten Island.

These new farms will increase access to fresh produce in communities with high levels of poverty, food insecurity and diet-related diseases, while also serving as hubs for education, community engagement, and job training for residents. The workers will be supplied by Green City Force, a nationally recognized AmeriCorps program that recruits and trains 18- to 24-year-old NYCHA residents and pays them to work on environmental sustainability and energy-efficiency programs at Housing Authority sites. These young people gain rigorous job training and career planning support that propels them into jobs.

Expanding the roots of agriculture while creating jobs - GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

Expanding the roots of agriculture while creating jobs - GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News: When locals think of Woerner, they think turf. However, in recent years, the company has expanded to other branches of agriculture including dehydrating produce.
In 2008, the Woerner Companies Inc. had 9,000 acres of turf grass across the United States.
After the economic collapse came many changes and downsizing; George Woerner, CEO of the Woerner Companies, said the partners decided then the company would never be just one thing or product again.
As the world and economy continues to change, Bon Secour Valley Ingredients (BSVI) was created. BSVI is a plant site, but the purpose of this operation is to grow and dehydrate agriculture products such as chicory, carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, kale, among others items. Produce will be sent to a 40,000 square foot dehydration plant to produce ingredients such as powders, granules, particulates and extracts. The city of Foley is restoring the former Peavey Plant where the dehydration and ingredients plant will be.

Sharad Pawar stresses on GM crops as Rajya Sabha debates agriculture crisis - The Economic Times

Sharad Pawar stresses on GM crops as Rajya Sabha debates agriculture crisis - The Economic Times: Questioning the government about its policy on GM crops, former Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar today pitched for increased research in the field saying it could save farmers from stress due to floods and droughts.

Participating in a short-duration discussion on the 'serious situation arising due to floods and drought in the country', the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo, also attacked the NDA government for not specifying its policy on genetically modified (GM) crops.

Mmegi Online :: Agriculture: The future is smart and innovative

Mmegi Online :: Agriculture: The future is smart and innovative: As the ugly effects of global warming continue to wreck havoc in semi-arid Botswana, government is pinning its hopes on the climate deal that emerged from the recently ended Paris Conference of the Parties 21 (COP21) global climate change event.

Moreover, the Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Tshekedi Khama believes the conference presented insights on how to strengthen the country’s climate change policy, which is due for completion in April.�

Pasture ground price rises 15% in the North, new Farmland Database shows - Chronicle Live

Pasture ground price rises 15% in the North, new Farmland Database shows - Chronicle Live: The price of pasture ground in the north of England rose by nearly 15% in 2015, according to research by Strutt & Parker.

The company’s Farmland Database shows that average pasture land values in the region rose from �5,389/acre in 2014 to �6,186/acre this year.

However, the average price of arable land fell back by 2.3% from �8,785/acre to �8,583/acre.

Getting Ready for Christmas & Farmland Saved - AgInfo.net

Getting Ready for Christmas & Farmland Saved - AgInfo.net: Statistics show that in the last 50 years farmland has been decreasing primarily due to urban sprawl. Chalk one up for the farmer. A 140-acre farm near Arlington, Washington has been saved from development. The land was ready to go on the auction block but a young third generation farmer, Andrew Albert, managed to lease the land and will be planting and growing his new crop this next year. Between 2007 and 2012, in Washington state alone the total area of farmland decreased by over 224-thousand acres.

State acquires more than 90 acres of former farmland on Prudence Island for preservation

State acquires more than 90 acres of former farmland on Prudence Island for preservation: A more than 90-acre swath of former farmland on Prudence Island in Narragansett Bay has been purchased by the state so it can be preserved as conservation land.

The state Department of Environmental Management announced the $900,000 acquisition of the former Eugene Chase Farm on Monday.

The property used as farmland for more than a century until the mid-1900s is undeveloped and will be incorporated into the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, established for the preservation of coastal lands for research, education, and recreation.

Feed & Grain News - Members Approve Merger of Farmers Cooperative Co. and West

Feed & Grain News - Members Approve Merger of Farmers Cooperative Co. and West: The members of Farmers Cooperative Company (FC), Ames, Iowa, and West Central� Cooperative, Ralston, Iowa, have both approved the merger of their cooperatives effective April 1, 2016.

“In this merger vote, our members were presented with a rare opportunity to combine two strong, financially-stable cooperatives in a merger of equals to maintain local ownership for generations to come,” explained West Central Board Chair and Paton, Iowa-area farmer Sue Tronchetti.

Copenhagen is hidden gem for investment – PropGoLuxury - Property News

Copenhagen is hidden gem for investment – PropGoLuxury - Property News: The Danish capital, Copenhagen, is a hidden gem that more international buy-to-let investors should consider, says an Anglo-Danish property management company.

Nectar Asset Management, which helps UK investors to buy in Denmark and vice versa, says Copenhagen has ranked highly in international surveys for its quality of life for many years

Charles Sherratt-Davies says Copenhagen is a hidden gem. “Its stable economy, great schools and safety make it attractive for locals and visitors alike. Although it is one of the world’s most expensive cities, it is also one of the most liveable with excellent public transport, a world class cycle network and strong environmental policies.

Congress shivers at $1 billion tariff threat, kills COOL | Cattle Network

Congress shivers at $1 billion tariff threat, kills COOL | Cattle Network: The battle over country-of-origin labeling (COOL) between the U.S. and its North American neighbors may finally be, well, cooling off.

Thanks to its inclusion in the omnibus spending bill passed Friday, COOL has finally been repealed after years of controversy. Intended to provide more transparency to consumers about their food, COOL has been a sticking point with Canada and Mexico. Those two countries have asserted that the law violates their trade agreements with the U.S. and puts their products at an economic disadvantage.

Centennial Crop Rotation Points to Profit | Agweb.com

Centennial Crop Rotation Points to Profit | Agweb.com: The last harvest is 88 years away and Wayne Ebelhar knows he’ll never bring in the final crop. He is 12 years into a 100-year look at crop rotation with measurable results pointing to the bottom line. Producers see dollar signs and profitability numbers are the only way to change opinions on farming practices. Hell or high water, producers are often forced to chase markets. However, solid data stacked over multiple years shows the peaks and troughs of a consistent rotation system.

National Pecan buys 4,000-acre orchard in Arizona

Company plans to explore more acquisitions in 2016 | Orchard Crops content from Western Farm Press: National Pecan announced Dec. 16 its acquisition of a 4,000-acre-plus pecan orchard and operation in Bowie, Ariz.�

The acreage was purchased from Lesco�Enterprise Inc.�

National Pecan�says the pecan farm purchase is another major step toward vertical integration, industry leadership, and overall growth for National Pecan.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are slightly higher in a narrow trading range. Outside markets are higher as traders even positions before holiday.

Trading volume will continue to wind down as the weeks progress. This also creates the opportunity for very choppy markets. Stay in touch with your Allendale Representative.

South American weather seems to have a negative twist as we start the week. Matto Grosso is expected to get more rain this week which would ultimately shrink the dry area down to 15% or less. However weather will be a big part of this week’s market focus as Washington heads home for the holidays.