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NZ agriculture well placed for 2016 | Stuff.co.nz

NZ agriculture well placed for 2016 | Stuff.co.nz: Three pieces of news that appeared at the end of 2015 should not be forgotten in 2016.

Firstly, the climate change talks in Paris included efficiencies of food production: There is no substitute for food, so which countries can produce most food with least greenhouse gas impact?

For grass fed meat and milk, New Zealand is hard to beat. The increasing integration between the dairy and beef sectors is part of the advantage, as is the longevity of dairy cows in the herd, and the judicious use of supplementary feeding.

Secondly, the World Trade Organisation has achieved progress on removing agricultural subsidies. Admittedly the removal is in the smallest component, 'export' subsidies, but the progress is a sign for the future.

Agriculture sector prepares for drier weather in 2016 | mb.com.ph | Philippine News

Agriculture sector prepares for drier weather in 2016 | mb.com.ph | Philippine News: Year 2016 will be crucial for Philippine agriculture as it faces a drier weather due to a stronger El Ni�o but this will not be the only thing that the sector will have to face. Other than that, the Department of Agriculture (DA) will also have to think of ways on how to improve palay and corn production, boost the livestock sector, among others.

For this year (2016), the national budget allotted for the agriculture sector stands at P94 billion, which is higher compared to the P89 billion the industry had in 2015.

China to step up supply-side structural reforms in agriculture - CCTV News - CCTV.com English

China to step up supply-side structural reforms in agriculture - CCTV News - CCTV.com English: Homepage > China Video
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China has concluded a tone-setting rural work conference, where it's vowed to step-up supply-side structural reforms in agriculture, and improve quality and efficiency.

President Xi Jinping stressed the importance of agriculture, and said the country's rural issues should be managed through five key concepts during the 13th Five-Year Plan: namely, innovation, coordination, green, openness and sharing. Xi added that China will continue to reform in rural areas, push forward modernization in agriculture, and work to eliminate poverty.�

Aging Farm Population Will Lead To Structural Changes In Ag, OSU Economist Says | Farms.com

Aging Farm Population Will Lead To Structural Changes In Ag, OSU Economist Says | Farms.com: An aging American farm population, the need to successfully transition land ownership from senior farmers to new industry entrants, and providing support and training for these beginning farmers, are top concerns for the future of the American farming industry, said an agricultural economist in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

“Farm transitions have been identified as one of the major upcoming structural changes in agriculture that concerns policy makers,” said Ani Katchova, chair of Ohio State’s Farm Income Enhancement Program. She also holds appointments with Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, the statewide outreach and research arms, respectively, of the college.

Katchova spoke Dec. 7 at the kickoff to the college’s 2015-2016 Agricultural Policy and Outlook series, which is a series of local meetings held statewide through January. Dates and times for the meetings, along with information such as policy briefs and presentation files from each of the presenters can be found at go.osu.edu/2016outlook.

Crop and Income Outlook - Conserve Cash Income | Farms.com

Crop and Income Outlook - Conserve Cash Income | Farms.com: Net incomes on Illinois farms have decreased form an all-time high near $290,000 in 2012. In 2014, net income for Illinois grain farms enrolled in Illinois Farm Business Farm Management (FBFM) averaged near $100,000 per farm. Much lower income levels are expected in 2015. If commodity prices do not increase in 2016, net income in 2016 likely will be at similar levels to that in 2015.

Bell Farms awarded high honor

Bell Farms awarded high honor: Irv and Jean Bell have been living on the family farm for more than four�decades, continuing a tradition that dates back to the 1800s.

In that time, the job of farming the land has seen drastic changes in�machinery, technology and�technique,�but the Bells have managed to adapt to the shifting agricultural landscape, and they've managed to do so while raising a family and involving themselves in the farming community.

Early in December, the Bells were honored with the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award, a mark of highest esteem given out by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.

Family cranberry farms forced to sell as prices bog down - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Family cranberry farms forced to sell as prices bog down - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: “We pretty much cut everything in half,” the third- generation farmer said from her home at the family’s 110-acre marsh northwest of Milwaukee. It’s the worst environment she’s seen since 1959 when farmers dumped their entire crop amid a health scare. Van Wychen doesn’t want to sell the operation but admits the future of cranberries may not include family growers. “There are many smaller farmers that are finding that they literally cannot make it,” she said.