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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Kroger to unveil fresh-focused concept store - The Produce News - Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Kroger to unveil fresh-focused concept store - The Produce News - Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.: A new fresh-focused concept store is in the works for Kroger. Main & Vine will open in Gig Harbor, WA, in the near future, though an exact date hasn't been announced.

The new banner will feature fresh, affordable local produce and meat, as well as unique culinary experiences and taste adventures, "with tasty meals made fresh in our kitchen," the company's website states.

Agriculture didn't spur growth of human population | Zee News

Agriculture didn't spur growth of human population | Zee News: Global climate change and biological factors such as diseases, and not the advent of agriculture, controlled long-term growth of human population for most of the past 12,000 years, says a new study.

How agriculture saved a former US soldier

How agriculture saved a former US soldier: When former United States Air Force policeman Patrick Taylor settled in the Philippines in 2013, he faced many challenges in adapting to Manila life.

In his article on X, he recounted how he had severe drinking and depression issues and was extremely overweight.

"I was a toxic person to be around and really hated myself and the world that was around me. One day I just asked myself what am I doing here and I just had basically hit rock bottom I wanted to die," Taylor said.

He got so low that he would just lock himself because he couldn't function around other people.

Advanced Steering System Helps Farmer After Devastating Injury

Advanced Steering Sy... | Planting | Agriculture: Home / Technology / Crop Management / Planting / Advanced Steering System Helps Farmer After Devastating Injury

Advanced Steering System Helps Farmer After Devastating Injury
Laurie Bedord
Updated: 12/21/2015 @ 3:22pm
It was an autumn day like any other for Trent Satterthwaite. The Chelsea, Michigan, farmer was unloading corn into his grain bin, a chore as routine as changing the oil in a tractor.
“As I went to pull samples to check the moisture, the pulley on the grain cleaner caught the hood of my sweatshirt,” he says. “I was able to pull myself loose, but the hood and left sleeve of my sweatshirt weren’t so lucky.”
Thinking he had escaped serious injury, Satterthwaite, who grows corn, soybeans, and wheat, went on with the rest of his day. “My arm hurt, but I thought it was no big deal,” he remembers.
As he hit the fields the following spring, the pain intensified. “The more I used my left arm, the sorer it got. Eventually, I couldn’t use it at all because it hurt so much,” he says.

Potential for U.S. Grain Markets Found in South Africa, Tanzania

Potential for U.S. G... | Business News | Agriculture: The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has returned from an early December trip to Tanzania and South Africa where it sought out opportunities for U.S. grain sales. The group saw a real need for corn in South Africa and a potential market in Tanzania.�
South Africa usually sources the white and yellow corn that it needs for citizens and livestock locally, but because El Ni�o caused one of the worst droughts in 24 years, the country is experiencing a serious crop shortage. Some fields aren’t even getting planted because there isn't enough water to sustain growth.�

Cattle drive Montana's strong agriculture economy

Cattle drive Montana's strong agriculture economy: In Montana’s $3-billion-a-year agriculture economy, when markets are bullish, there are real cattle involved....

Indiana Farmland Value Could Dip - Inside INdiana Business

Indiana Farmland Value Could Dip - Inside INdiana Business: A Purdue University agricultural economist says Indiana farmland may decrease in value in 2016. Craig Dobbins says the dip will likely be caused by higher interest rates and low crop prices, though any losses should be moderate.

Writing in�The Purdue Agricultural Economics Report, Dobbins forecasts farmland values dropping 5-12 percent next year after falling 5.1 percent in 2015. That follows a ten year period where farmland values nearly tripled.

New bird flu outbreak: More than 60 farms in France infected — RT News

New bird flu outbreak: More than 60 farms in France infected — RT News: New cases of highly pathogenic avian flu in poultry have recently been detected in south-western regions of France, forcing authorities to step up sanitary measures.
The total number of confirmed cases of contamination with the virus in France has risen to 61, according to a statement from the French Ministry of Agriculture.�The statement�was published on Tuesday.

Small Fed Move and Big Questions | Agweb.com

Small Fed Move and Big Questions | Agweb.com: Well, the Fed finally bumped up interest rates from their 0-.025% short term rate band to 0.5%. This was 7 years in the making. They had to be patient, as an early move, or too aggressive move, has in the past screwed up budding recoveries. Now that the hike is a certainty, instead of a very well advertised possiblilty, the markets are free to complete their interpretations of what it means. The stock market threw a tantrum (as we anticipated). The speculators like the leverage of cheap money and now the cost of business could be starting to go up. There are studies which show corporate earnings pulling back a little after Fed rate hike cycles begin, so the equities might just be lower the P in the P/E to match new expectations.

When City Hall Walks on the Farm | Agweb.com

When City Hall Walks on the Farm | Agweb.com: Farms can die with a whimper, not a bang, when the grabbing hands of local government arrive. The days of empty acreage rolling off a farmer’s front porch are long gone in many parts of the United States, replaced with the age of urban sprawl. Cities once drew in rural communities with economic promise, but the gravitational pull has reversed. Creep, crawl or sprint, when cities rub against farmland, producers are often left holding two cards: fight or flight.

Did the Grinch bring back Christmas? | Cattle Network

Did the Grinch bring back Christmas? | Cattle Network: Perhaps the Grinch’s small heart grew a bit as cattle markets get some good news to end the year.� Last Friday’s strong limit up futures trading for Live and Feeder cattle is encouraging that perhaps a bottom is in place.� However, it remains to be seen what the follow-up trading will be this week.� The holiday period is a difficult time to establish a new market trend and is it quite impossible to predict or even interpret market actions during holiday disrupted trading.� Nevertheless, an array of good news the past few days revives Christmas hope for cattle markets.

Who is Going to Milk Cows on Christmas Day? - Dairy - News | Agweb.com

Who is Going to Milk Cows on Christmas Day? - Dairy - News | Agweb.com: Dairying is a 365 day-a-year job. Every day, Christmas and New Year’s included, cattle need to be fed, milked and the barns scraped. But who is going to do it on those special days?

5 Lessons Learned from the Dairy Market in 2015 | Agweb.com

5 Lessons Learned from the Dairy Market in 2015 | Agweb.com: Here's the top five things that impacted the dairy markets this year and what you and your farm operation need to know for�the year ahead.

Is a price recovery just around the corner? | Agweb.com

Is a price recovery just around the corner? | Agweb.com: The calendar is nearing the end of 2015 and one certainly needs to be thankful milk prices have not been any worse than they have been. Yes, farm income has been reduced drastically from the record high of 2014, but milk prices have not been as bad as feared earlier this year.

$6 wheat not likley by spring | Wheat content from Southwest Farm Press

$6 wheat not likley by spring | Wheat content from Southwest Farm Press: I’ve just finished a meeting where a producer asked, “Kim, I read yesterday that wheat prices will go above $6.00 this spring. What do you think?”

I had read the same thing a few days earlier, and replied, “Possible, yes. I just can’t see it happening.”

“Why?” he asked.

At this writing, the 2016 KC December wheat contract has the highest price ($5.24), which is 76 cents below $6.00. The March (nearby) contract price is $4.70, $1.30 below $6.00. Technical analysis (charts) shows price resistance levels at $5.00, $5.50, and $6.00, with $ 6.00 appearing to be the price level that separates low prices from high prices.