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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Farming in 2016: Land values, farm program payments, cash flow, management | Focus on Ag

Farming in 2016: Land values, farm program payments, cash flow, management | Focus on Ag: Land values in most areas of the Midwest have declined by 10-20% from the peak land values in 2013 and early 2014; however, there were still some very strong localized land sales during 2015. A recent, highly credible, land value survey from Iowa State University, released in early December, showed that average land values in Iowa decreased by 3.9% during 2015, which followed a decline of 8.9% in 2014. This was only the second and third time since 1999 that Iowa farmland values decreased from one year to the next. The 2014 decline was the largest annual decrease since 1986.�

Farm Transition a Critical Issue for Agriculture | 101.5 WKKG101.5 WKKG

Farm Transition a Critical Issue for Agriculture | 101.5 WKKG101.5 WKKG: 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 agriculture. That’s according to agricultural economist Ani Katchova with Ohio State University. She says “farm transitions have been identified as one of the major upcoming structural changes in agriculture that concerns policy makers.” Katchova made those comments at a public meeting earlier this month. Her research found that among U.S. farmers, 6 percent are 35 years old or younger, while 33 percent are greater than 65 years old.

Women in Ag: Finding... | Women in Agriculture... | Agriculture

Women in Ag: Finding... | Women in Agriculture... | Agriculture: It’s about an agriculture reporter’s experiences when attending a four-day journalism program on food and agriculture, put on by the National Press Foundation (NPF). The program included an organic farm tour (and speakers from the Organic Trade Association) and a tour of Monsanto’s research campus in Missouri – along with several speakers from the company’s executive management team.

Eastern Oregon farms step up organic acres - Oregon - Capital Press

Eastern Oregon farms step up organic acres - Oregon - Capital Press: Eric Nelson knew it wouldn’t be easy when he decided to go organic on his family’s 900-acre wheat farm north of Pendleton.

Nelson, a fourth-generation farmer, talked it over with his father — former state Sen. David Nelson — who wondered how they would control weeds without herbicide, or how they’d afford organic fertilizer and still turn a profit. But Nelson had faith it would work, and in 2008 Nelson Grade Organics harvested its first organic crop.

Their parents work the farms as migrant labor. What are their kids' lives like? | Public Radio International

Their parents work the farms as migrant labor. What are their kids' lives like? | Public Radio International: It’s estimated that more than a million undocumented children are living in the US. And for those who are children of migrant farmworkers comes even more uncertainty. A new PBS documentary tells the story of one of those children.

GMB union say figures show UK needs nuclear and gas-powered energy plants | Daily Mail Online

GMB union say figures show UK needs nuclear and gas-powered energy plants | Daily Mail Online: Wind turbines produced just 10 per cent of their energy capacity during almost a fortnight of the last three months, it was claimed yesterday.�

Monitors tracking the energy generated from Britain's wind farms found 12 days when output dropped to 10 per cent of capacity or less, according to the GMB union.

It said its 'wind watch' figures demonstrated that Britain could not rely on renewable energy and needed nuclear or gas-powered plants to ensure its supply.

Officials hope child fatalities on farms leads to change in safety culture | CTV News

Officials hope child fatalities on farms leads to change in safety culture | CTV News: Photos of three smiling, blond sisters circulated around the world this year after they were killed on their family farm in west-central Alberta.
Catie Bott, 13, and 11-year-old twins Dara and Jana, suffocated in a truck loaded with canola as their family was busy bringing in the harvest in October.

James Lovelock: 'enjoy life while you can: in 20 years global warming will hit the fan' | Environment | The Guardian

James Lovelock: 'enjoy life while you can: in 20 years global warming will hit the fan' | Environment | The Guardian: Lovelock believes global warming is now irreversible, and that nothing can prevent large parts of the planet becoming too hot to inhabit, or sinking underwater, resulting in mass migration, famine and epidemics. Britain is going to become a lifeboat for refugees from mainland Europe, so instead of wasting our time on wind turbines we need to start planning how to survive. To Lovelock, the logic is clear. The sustainability brigade are insane to think we can save ourselves by going back to nature; our only chance of survival will come not from less technology, but more.

Nuclear power, he argues, can solve our energy problem - the bigger challenge will be food. "Maybe they'll synthesise food. I don't know. Synthesising food is not some mad visionary idea; you can buy it in Tesco's, in the form of Quorn. It's not that good, but people buy it. You can live on it." But he fears we won't invent the necessary technologies in time, and expects "about 80%" of the world's population to be wiped out by 2100. Prophets have been foretelling Armageddon since time began, he says. "But this is the real thing."

Fannie, Freddie give birth to new mortgage bond - Fannie Mae (OTCMKTS:FNMA) | Seeking Alpha

Fannie, Freddie give birth to new mortgage bond - Fannie Mae (OTCMKTS:FNMA) | Seeking Alpha: The federal government is trying to get taxpayers off the hook for billions of dollars of potential losses if another mortgage crisis arrives - and in the process, it's quietly giving birth to a new asset class.

AgPhD Video: Talking To Your Banker. | Farms.com

AgPhD Video: Talking To Your Banker. | Farms.com

Protect Your Bottom Line, Manage Milk Price Risk | Agweb.com

Protect Your Bottom Line, Manage Milk Price Risk | Agweb.com: The last few weeks many market analysts have predicted lower milk prices in the first few months of 2016 than previously expected. There is a lot of milk in the market and not much processing capacity to take it. In addition the market for dairy products is in a downturn and lower product prices translate to lower milk prices. Mike North of Commodity Risk Management Group told “AgDay” host Clinton Griffiths the best thing a farmer can do in the next week is protect your bottom line with a risk management strategy that will allow flexibility when the price shifts upward.

California almond industry highlights year of challenges and success | Tree Nuts content from Western Farm Press

California almond industry highlights year of challenges and success | Tree Nuts content from Western Farm Press: Perhaps it was a combination of the best of times and worst of times that drew record attendance to this year’s almond conference in Sacramento.

Whether optimistic or concerned about the state of the California almond industry in the wake of several years of drought, other challenges and even success stories, more than 3,500 people were on hand to hear both sides of the story about the state’s storied nut crop.

The Almond Board of California (ABC) says 3,501 people attended this year’s industry conference in downtown Sacramento, a 16 percent increase over last year’s attendance, which at the time was also a record.

Business Matters: The Value of Financial Simplicity | Agweb.com

Business Matters: The Value of Financial Simplicity | Agweb.com: As we get close to the end of the year, there are lists of things we need to finish up on the farm, not to mention all of the activities during the holiday season. Without question, you should make time with family and friends a top priority. �

On the farm, it’s time to transition into the office. �A big portion of year-end financial success depends on your commitment to measuring your situation accurately. For many of us in agriculture, the office and financial work isn’t the factor that originally brought us to this career. Yet if we don’t commit sufficient time to measuring, documenting and scrutinizing results, it could be the factor that takes us out of this career.�