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Friday, April 29, 2016

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Paul Georgy with the early morning commentary for April 29, 2016. Coming to you from Springfield MO again today. We had a great visit with the branch offices yesterday.

Grain markets are mixed as overnight traders mull the volatile last couple weeks of trade. Outside markets have crude oil slightly lower.

The weaker US Dollar continues to drive money flow into the commodity markets as seen yesterday in the grains. The large range volatility we have seen during recent sessions is causing large moves in intra commodity spreads. Look for the choppiness to continue. As we end the week and month, expect more positioning as large players close month-end books.

Today is first notice day in May grain contracts. Deliveries of wheat, corn and soybeans against Chicago Board of Trade futures should be light on the first notice day today for CBOT May grain contracts. For corn and soybeans, trade is estimating zero to 300 contracts. Traders also estimated wheat deliveries at zero to 300 lots. Soymeal delivery estimates ranged mostly from zero to 200 contracts and soyoil forecasts from 500 to 1,700 contracts.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Brussels Times - Climate change will increase the value of farmland in Belgium

The Brussels Times - Climate change will increase the value of farmland in Belgium: The conclusions were published in a study by Environmental Economics Professor Steven Van Passel at the University of Hasselt. The study has been published in the journal "Environmental & Resource Economics".

The researchers studied data from more than 40,000 agricultural firms from 15 countries. "We used a method that takes into account the adaptability of businesses," says Steven Van Passel.

"By combining and reworking different data series, we were able to link the current value of arable land with the temperature and precipitation variables."

A third of Argentine soy farms waterlogged; 5 mln tonnes feared lost | Ag Professional

A third of Argentine soy farms waterlogged; 5 mln tonnes feared lost | Ag Professional: A third of Argentina's soy farms remain swamped after early April storms, with crop loss estimates at 5 million tonnes as harvesting starts in areas dry enough to support the 30-tonne carbines used to bring in the beans, experts said on Wednesday.

Canada may delay foreign worker limits as packers, farms face squeeze | Reuters

Canada may delay foreign worker limits as packers, farms face squeeze | Reuters: Canada may delay implementing new restrictions on the use of foreign workers as farmers and meat processors warn of severe labor shortages in one of the world's biggest agricultural exporters, the employment minister said.

Employers have reported difficulty finding workers despite a 7.1 percent unemployment rate. Many Canadians resist jobs involving manual labor and rural living, a trend that has driven up labor costs and hurt productivity.

Start-up, agriculture portal launch mobile app for farmers | Business Line

Start-up, agriculture portal launch mobile app for farmers | Business Line: The life of a farmer revolves around farming activities and financial transactions related to them. While a majority of farmers keep track of these activities in their mind, a few also document them in their own little ways.

Now, a start-up from Mangaluru and an agri web portal have come out with an app — Farmoney — to record and track financial transactions and farm-related activities of farmers.

Mohan Talakalukoppa, founder of KrishiKannada web portal, told BusinessLine that Farmoney is a book-keeping app with 18 sections for documentation.

PURE CUBA: Increased agricultural trade with Cuba faces obstacles in addition to embargo | Michigan Radio

PURE CUBA: Increased agricultural trade with Cuba faces obstacles in addition to embargo | Michigan Radio: Michigan agriculture businesses are intrigued by the prospect of doing business in Cuba, after the Obama administration re-established formal ties with the island nation. �

Cuba also sees the U.S. as a potential new market. �

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Much of Brazil received needed rain with net drying seen for the coming two weeks in Brazil which should be supportive to their safrinha corn crop. Argentina has started a net drying period which should continue over the next seven days. In the week after that only minimal amount of rain is forecast. This period of net drying for Argentina will be seen as beneficial for the soybean crop.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Changing farm ownership dynamics to be highlighted at workshop | Farms.com

Changing farm ownership dynamics to be highlighted at workshop | Farms.com: The way farms are owned has changed and a new workshop is designed to provide farmers with the knowledge they need to adapt.

The workshop is scheduled for June 6 and 7 at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky; organizers say many factors have contributed to the change in farm ownership dynamics.

Alberta land prices continue to soar - Alberta Farmer Express

Alberta land prices continue to soar - Alberta Farmer Express: It was another big year for Alberta and Canadian farmland prices, according to Farm Credit Canada’s annual survey.

On average, provincial farmland prices jumped by 11.6 per cent, the ag lender said in its 2015 Farmland Values Report while nationally they rose 10.1 per cent.

But there are a lot of variations across the province, said Dave Weber, a valuations and agrology specialist with Serecon, an Edmonton agricultural consulting and management company.

Cheers to the good life: vineyards, farms & ranches for sale - Expat

Cheers to the good life: vineyards, farms & ranches for sale - Expat: For investors with a bit of bottle, buying a working vineyard or olive grove could be a tempting entry into expat life. A vineyard which produces wine for British singer Cliff Richard in the Algarve region of Portugal was recently put on the market for �7.5 million. In case your pockets aren’t quite deep enough for that, or you would rather aim for a few bottles per year than a few thousand, there are some more affordable option

GrowFood Carolina looks to keep the state's smallest farms growing | Features | Charleston City Paper

GrowFood Carolina looks to keep the state's smallest farms growing | Features | Charleston City Paper: At least 80 percent of the local population could be fed with food grown within 50 miles of Charleston, reports a study by professors Andrew Zumkehr and J. Elliott Campbell from the University of California. But according to Sara Clow, general manager of GrowFood Carolina, a local food hub that works to support 80 farms throughout the state, less than 10 percent of what we eat in South Carolina is grown here. While interest in locally grown products has definitely increased in recent years, the reality of the state's eating habits is much less appetizing.

Weather benefits, hurts Texas agriculture - Texas Farm Bureau

Weather benefits, hurts Texas agriculture - Texas Farm Bureau: The story for Texas? Spring rains, and the good, bad and ugly that they bring.

Recent rains caused flooding in some areas of the Lone Star State, which damaged crop fields and pastures. About 1,500 acres of corn in Fayette County were underwater or swept from the field, said Scott Willey, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent in Fayette County.

Sowing Insecurity: Food and Agriculture in a Time of Climate Crisis : Food First

Sowing Insecurity: Food and Agriculture in a Time of Climate Crisis : Food First: “The food-pocalypse is already upon us,” blared a headline in the�Guardian�in March 2014 (1), as it warned of how food price increases, changing climate and increased demand were harbingers of hunger and anger that would increasingly explode onto the world stage. The article drew on the 2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report released the same month that warned of predicted temperature increases of 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit or more by the end of the century that “would pose large risks to food security globally and regionally.” (2)

Monsoon could help revive agriculture sector - BUSINESS - The Hindu

Monsoon could help revive agriculture sector - BUSINESS - The Hindu: The economy is expected to grow over eight per cent this fiscal with the forecast of an above-normal monsoon raising hopes of the agriculture sector’s revival after two successive drought years, said Niti Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya.

“The economic growth rate will be more than eight per cent during the current fiscal. There is a forecast of above-normal monsoon this fiscal,” Mr. Panagariya said after delivering a lecture organised by the Central Vigilance Commission here on Tuesday.

Willow Hill Ventures will fund and connect agriculture tech startups with farmers | TechCrunch

Willow Hill Ventures will fund and connect agriculture tech startups with farmers | TechCrunch: International Farming Corp. and Finistere Ventures have agreed to partner under the moniker Willow Hill Ventures to invest in growth-stage agricultural tech startups.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Paul Georgy with the early morning commentary for April 26, 2016.

Grain markets are lower on profit taking as US Dollar is weaker and crude oil higher.

Thanks to all who attend the Allendale Ag Leaders Webinar last evening. For those unable to attend, it was recorded and is available now, here.

The fundamentals of the grain market are not changing significantly but sell orders are not large enough to stop buyers momentum. Some of the influences being cited as bullish are the weaker US Dollar, stronger energies in recent sessions and a higher CRB drawing new money into commodities. Bearish arguments build on the large US stocks of grain, improving Argentine weather and China taking action to get control of their commodity bubble.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Dairy farms have consistent work, but search for workers

Dairy farms have consistent work, but search for workers: As a towering green tractor rolled into his Croswell barn on a sunny April morning, Bob Shinn stepped aside and watched it pass.

Pulling a large red mixer wagon, the tractor rumbled slowly along an aisle lined with hundreds of black and white heads. The trailer dropped a�mixture of alfalfa, corn and cottonseed�at the feet of some of the 700 Holstein cows at Bob Shinn Farms in Croswell.

The cows are the bread and butter of the farm, Shinn said, but the person inside the tractor is just as important.

Senator Says Some Farms Hurting But No Crisis | Iowa Public Radio

Senator Says Some Farms Hurting But No Crisis | Iowa Public Radio: As farmers put their 2016 crops in the ground, they face another year of corn and soybean prices that will make turning a profit on the land challenging. Sen. Chuck Grassley�(R-Iowa) says already he's seeing early signs of strain in the farm economy.

World Bank Raises 2016 Oil Price Forecast, Revises Down Agriculture Price Projections

World Bank Raises 2016 Oil Price Forecast, Revises Down Agriculture Price Projections: Amid improving market sentiment and a weakening dollar, the World Bank is raising its 2016 forecast for crude oil prices to $41 per barrel from $37 per barrel in its latest�Commodity Markets Outlook, as an oversupply in markets is expected to recede.

The crude oil market rebounded from a low of $25 per barrel in mid-January to $40 per barrel in April following production disruptions in Iraq and Nigeria and a decline in non-Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries production, mainly U.S. shale. A proposed production freeze by major producers failed to materialize at a meeting in mid-April.

DuPont benefits from strong 2016 start to agriculture

DuPont benefits from strong 2016 start to agriculture: DuPont Co., the parent of Johnston seed company DuPont Pioneer, increased its earnings outlook for 2016 on Tuesday on improved results in�its agricultural�division.

DuPont�said the company, which is merging with rival Dow Chemical, benefited�during its first quarter from higher corn plantings and a slightly weaker U.S. dollar. A drop�in the dollar's value versus other currencies makes products from DuPont and other U.S. companies cheaper�for buyers overseas.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are near unchanged after an active overnight session. Macro markets are waiting for the results of the FOMC meeting which starts today.

In order to assess the direction of a market, one has to try and figure out what is causing the volatility. Therefore when looking at the fundamental picture not a lot of news items changed from the previous trading day. However, traders point to a single entity buying large volumes across the grain and soybean complex on Monday. Money flow for those short the market became an issue after recent increases in margin requirements. Market participants had to meet margin calls or exit positions.

Monday, April 25, 2016

USDA says TPP Opens New Opportunities for U.S. Agriculture in Vietnam | KNEB – 960 AM, 94.1 The Brand & The Beet

USDA says TPP Opens New Opportunities for U.S. Agriculture in Vietnam | KNEB – 960 AM, 94.1 The Brand & The Beet: Secretary Vilsack traveled to Vietnam today to meet with his counterparts from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Industry and Trade, among others, to discuss the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

Vietnam remains one of the fastest-growing markets for U.S. food and agricultural products, with U.S. exports totaling $2.3 billion in 2015. That’s a 357 percent increase from 2007, the year Vietnam joined the World Trade Organization (WTO). Vietnam now ranks as the United States’ 11th-largest agricultural export market, with top products including cotton, tree nuts, soybeans, and dairy.

Oyster farms, shorebird vie for space on bay beaches

Oyster farms, shorebird vie for space on bay beaches: Oyster farming is the kind of business an environmentalist should love: it doesn't use harmful chemicals or deplete natural resources, and the locally grown shellfish actually help clean the water.

It's a green, sustainable industry that brings nearly $1 million a year to growers in the New�Jersey Delaware Bay area and puts shellfish on restaurant plates around the northeast.

Nearly Half of Israel's Farmland Threatened by Over-processing, Climate Change - Science - Haaretz

Nearly Half of Israel's Farmland Threatened by Over-processing, Climate Change - Science - Haaretz: Almost half of Israel’s agricultural land is at risk of soil erosion, according to estimates by the agriculture ministry division responsible for soil conservation, leading experts to look for radical new ways to tackle a growing concern.

Farms can get federal help for meeting environmental standards | WPBN

Farms can get federal help for meeting environmental standards | WPBN: Federal funding is available to help Michigan farm operations get certification for meeting environmental protection standards.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it can provide assistance for producers trying to implement practices that can make them eligible for verification through the Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program.

Here's why agriculture startups are blossoming - The Economic Times

Here's why agriculture startups are blossoming - The Economic Times: When Ranjith Mukundan quit his job at WiproBSE -0.95 % in 2011 after 15 years, farming wasn't on his mind. Bengaluru-born Mukundan and his four co-founders were exploring the Internet of Things space, the idea of connecting ordinary objects to send and receive data. They considered telemedicine, but decided against it since many MNCs were in the business.

As Farmers Age, The Plan To Turn Veterans On To Agriculture : NPR

As Farmers Age, The Plan To Turn Veterans On To Agriculture : NPR: As American farmers are getting older, a younger cohort is entering the civilian workforce. Government programs are trying to help veterans become farmers for reasons both economic and therapeutic.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are lower on follow through selling from last week. Markets in general have a risk-off attitude as the US Dollar and crude oil are lower.

Last week’s weather fears have calmed as the latest models confirm dryer for the next 10 days for Argentina and rain relief for Brazil's safrina.

Are We in For a Big Acreage Shift?�Join us in our next webinar, Tuesday evening April 26 at 8:00 PM CDT. �Register. Allendale's Rich Nelson will share the latest thoughts on US corn and soybean acreage, including how recent price swings could impact the final planting numbers, and how the market could react to acreage changes.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Cash Rents Dip 7% to Average $211 Per Acre - News | Agweb.com

Cash Rents Dip 7% to Average $211 Per Acre - News | Agweb.com: Creighton University released its Rural Mainstreet Index (RMI) for April 2016, and the monthly survey of bank CEOs in a 10-state Midwest region showed a downward trend of several things, including cash rents, equipment sales and farmland prices.

More women active, involved in family farms - LimaOhio.com - limaohio.com

More women active, involved in family farms - LimaOhio.com - limaohio.com: For decades, the general consensus seemed to be that men ran the family farm and women either tended to the household or took on a smaller role in business. While men continue to represent the majority of principal operators of family farms in Ohio, U.S. Census data shows that 30 percent of women are taking on primary roles.

3 northwest Ohio farms to showcase conservation practices - Washington Times

3 northwest Ohio farms to showcase conservation practices - Washington Times: Three farms in northwestern Ohio are being turned into demonstration sites to show farmers how to reduce fertilizer runoff that feeds the harmful algae in Lake Erie.

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service this week announced the launch of The Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network.

Agriculture workshop aims to help veterans grow - The Eagle: Local News

Agriculture workshop aims to help veterans grow - The Eagle: Local News: Texas A&M's Texas AgrAbility will be hosting a special agriculture workshop May 7 geared toward veterans interested in agricultural business, farming and ranching.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Helping modern farms increase production with the power of APIs - SD Times

Helping modern farms increase production with the power of APIs - SD Times: Software companies are always trying to figure out how they can better provide information to a specific group of people, and the agribusiness industry is no exception. The challenge for agribusiness, though, lies in the robust data that is collected and how developers can access this data to develop new applications for farmers and agriculture commodities.

Nigerian income: Agriculture as the new oil

Nigerian income: Agriculture as the new oil

Soybeans Close Higher as Excessive Rain in Argentina Threatens Crops; Corn Plunges | Successful Farming

Soybeans Close Higher as Excessive Rain in Argentina Threatens Crops; Corn Plunges | Successful Farming: Soybean futures closed higher Thursday�as�rain in Argentina threatens production and exports in the South American country.�

Blight, Addiction And Recruitment Among Issues Facing Local Agriculture Community | 90.5 WESA

Blight, Addiction And Recruitment Among Issues Facing Local Agriculture Community | 90.5 WESA: As U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for all eight years of the Obama administration, Tom Vilsack has closely monitored changes in farming and horticulture. During a stump for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Vilsack sits down with Essential Pittsburgh’s Paul Guggenheimer about the biggest challenges facing rural growing communities in the U.S. and here in Pennsylvania.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are lower on profit taking after soybeans provide the largest one week gain in 18 months. Outside markets are relatively quiet with the US Dollar and crude oil up slightly.

The weather forecast for South America tends to be a bit more favorable to getting some harvesting done. World Weather Inc. says the evening GFS model update for South America suggested a reduction in rain for Uruguay and eastern Buenos Aires for mid-week next week. A boost in rainfall was suggested for areas from Minas Gerais to Tocantins and southwestern Bahia April 29 to May 3. A small increase in showers was also noted for central Argentina May 1. Some increase in rain was also suggested in Rio Grande do Sul and Uruguay May 1-3. Rain was removed from most of Argentina, Uruguay and far southern Brazil May 4-6.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Your Piece of Heaven is Worth What it is Worth - Country Moon Blog - GRIT Magazine

Your Piece of Heaven is Worth What it is Worth - Country Moon Blog - GRIT Magazine: Wall Street is so volatile. Stock prices, commodities prices, they all fluctuate hourly, sometimes even by the minute. It’s a complicated world where a person can go from rags to riches and vice versa in a matter of seconds. Just as volatile, and equally confusing, are land prices; more specifically, agricultural land prices because there are so many variables to consider when buying or selling.

Anyone who owns a piece of earth owns a piece of heaven. As Will Rogers so amply said it, “Buy land. They ain’t making any more of the stuff.”

Conservation attorney launches campaign for state lands commissioner - seattlepi.com

Conservation attorney launches campaign for state lands commissioner - seattlepi.com: Hilary Franz, a lawyer and executive director of Futurewise, has joined the contest for Commissioner of Public Lands, in which Democratic incumbent Peter Goldmark is not seeking reelection.
Franz has proven skilled at securing grants as boss at Futurewise, the statewide environmental conservation organization known as 1000 Friends of Washington before a consultant was retained to find a new name.

Agrimoney.com | Brexit uncertainty offers opportunity for land investment

Agrimoney.com | Brexit uncertainty offers opportunity for land investment: The uncertainty over Brexit and its impact on agriculture is having an effect on the UK farmland market, with English prices falling 3% in the first quarter of 2016.

Available farmland continues to shrink - The Standard

Available farmland continues to shrink - The Standard: The total area of China's farmland dropped slightly last year, but remains well above a government red line, official data showed.
China's total area of arable land stood at 2 billion mu (135 million hectares) at the end of 2015, down by 990,000 mu from a year ago, but still well above the official lower limit of 1.8 billion mu, said the Ministry of Land and Resources.
In 2015, about 4.5 million mu of arable land was lost to construction, disasters, environmental protection and agricultural restructuring, while 3.5 million mu of new farmland was opened up, the ministry said

Texas families, farms battle floods - Texas Farm Bureau

Texas families, farms battle floods - Texas Farm Bureau: Mother Nature is taking its toll on the Lone Star State. Just weeks after parts of East Texas and Louisiana flooded due to too much rainfall, the same has happened to farmers and families across much of North, Central and Southeast Texas.

Agriculture, business loans contribute most to retail debt delinquencies | Business Standard News

Agriculture, business loans contribute most to retail debt delinquencies | Business Standard News: Overall retail lending delinquencies (90 days overdue) stood at 1.52 per cent for the entire portfolio at the end of 2015, according to the Equifax’s India Consumer Credit Trends. Of the retail loans, agriculture and business loans contributed the most to the delinquencies, with a share of 2.64 per cent and 3.23 per cent respectively, said the report.

Jamaica looks to Cuba for help in agriculture | Caribbean360

Jamaica looks to Cuba for help in agriculture | Caribbean360: As part of efforts to strengthen the agricultural sector, the Jamaica government will be acquiring equipment from Cuba and relying on the expertise that country has in greenhouse technology.

Agriculture Resurgent as Soybeans Top $10 on Weather Concerns | Agweb.com

Agriculture Resurgent as Soybeans Top $10 on Weather Concerns | Agweb.com: Soybeans extended a rally above $10 a bushel, the highest price since July, and corn traded near $4 a bushel as unfavorable weather in South America and prospects for improved demand for U.S. supplies bolstered agriculture markets.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are higher led by the strong performance in soybean meal. The outside markets are narrowly mixed this morning. Corn breaks $4.00 while soybeans set sights on $10.50.

Looking for fundamental reasons significant enough for the rocket rally in corn, soybeans and wheat you will find none. However, the buying continues in large volume. Wednesday saw record trading volume in soybeans at the CME beating the previous record set on Tuesday by nearly 20%. There also was massive volume in the old crop/new crop spreads in soybeans.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Reclaimed farmland project helps revive local legends (From Campaign Series)

Reclaimed farmland project helps revive local legends (From Campaign Series): MEMBERS of the public are now able to walk where once a hermit - and it is said, at least two ghosts - trod.

Four acres of shrub between Troed-yr-Rhiw Farm, Wattsville and the site of two old reservoirs, has been reclaimed by Mr Tony Edwards,72, whose family has farmed the land for centuries.

Rural Visions: Grace Farms and Rural Studio

Rural Visions: Grace Farms and Rural Studio: On a brilliant, crisp Saturday in late winter, I went with friends to New Canaan, Connecticut, to visit the New York area’s latest architectural pilgrimage site, Grace Farms.

Salvation Farms' Programs Turn Surplus Into Plenty | Food Drink Features | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Salvation Farms' Programs Turn Surplus Into Plenty | Food Drink Features | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice: Fourteen percent of Vermonters go hungry on a regular basis; one in four routinely visits a food shelf or meal-service site. Meanwhile, thousands of pounds of edible fruits and vegetables are plowed back into the fields on Vermont farms each year.

Agriculture Stocks Rally Amid Grain Price Surge in Chicago | Agweb.com

Agriculture Stocks Rally Amid Grain Price Surge in Chicago | Agweb.com: Deere & Co. and Monsanto Co. were among North American agricultural stocks that climbed Tuesday as a jump in commodity prices prompted speculation that farmers will increase spending on fertilizer, seeds and machinery.

Deere, the world’s largest farm-equipment maker, gained 5.2 percent to $8.36 at the close in New York, the biggest increase in six months. Monsanto, the largest seed company, climbed 4.8 percent while fertilizer producers Mosaic Co.,�Potash Corp. and CF Industries Holdings Inc. also advanced.

House panel approves agriculture, energy spending bills | TheHill

House panel approves agriculture, energy spending bills | TheHill: The House Appropriations Committee voted Tuesday to approve bills to fund the Agriculture and Energy departments and the Army Corps of Engineers.

In an all-day markup, the panel considered numerous amendments to both the agriculture and the energy and water bills, eventually passing both on voice votes.

The agriculture bill, at $147.7 billion, had bipartisan support, although the Democrats tried — with mixed results — to change several provisions regarding Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules, food stamps and other policies.

More Americans Say Real Estate Is Best Long-Term Investment

More Americans Say Real Estate Is Best Long-Term Investment: Real estate, already Americans' top pick as the "best long-term investment" for the last two years, has increased its lead over four other investment choices. Thirty-five percent of Americans now choose real estate, compared with 22% for stocks and mutual funds, 17% for gold, 15% for savings accounts/CDs and 7% for bonds.

Choosing a real estate agent? Three reasons to go with a seller's agent. - CSMonitor.com

Choosing a real estate agent? Three reasons to go with a seller's agent. - CSMonitor.com: If you’re selling your home, you should expect a list of expenses. The commission you pay the seller’s agent is usually one of the biggest, around 6% of your home’s selling price.�This pays�for the valuable work your seller’s agent, also known as a listing�agent, does for you: preparing the home, marketing it, showing it to potential buyers and helping you through the selling process....

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are mixed with soybeans seeing some profit taking while corn and wheat grind higher. Crude is lower as Kuwait oil workers go back to work.

The attitude of ownership has changed dramatically from late February. Currently May soybeans have rallied $1.31 from the low made on March 2. May corn has rallied $.39 from the low made on April 1 and May wheat has rallied $.42 from the low made on April 11.

Trade is giving several reasons for this change in attitude. The initial cause started with the US Dollar weakening against other currencies. This encouraged investors and funds to start buying. After all the bearish USDA grain data was released in late March the focus turned to a “weather market”

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

China-led consortium in vast Australia farmland deal - FT.com

China-led consortium in vast Australia farmland deal - FT.com: A Chinese-led consortium has agreed to buy a historic Australian company that owns more than 1 per cent of the country’s vast landmass just months after Canberra blocked a similar deal led by the same prospective purchaser.
Shanghai Pengxin Group has brought in Australian investors since the previous deal was blocked, but S Kidman & Co’s decision to sell most of its holdings to the consortium creates a political problem for Scott Morrison, Australia’s treasurer, who last week tried to delay approving Kidman’s sale beyond a general election on July 2.

Farms profits down but rents rise (From Herald Scotland)

Farms profits down but rents rise (From Herald Scotland): The cost of renting farms in Scotland continues to rise at a time when farm profitability is falling, leaving more than half of tenant farmers working for less than the minimum wage, it is claimed.

The average cost of renting agricultural land has risen three per cent since last year, new figures from Scotland's Chief Statistician show.

Herdfunding: how the internet is raising money for farms | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

Herdfunding: how the internet is raising money for farms | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian: Raiding their savings accounts, they leased a 12-acre parcel of land, installed fencing and purchased chickens, sheep, goats, pigs and turkeys. The couple began raising turkey breeds that were too heavy to fly, but demand grew for heritage turkeys which are flightly, and the birds started escaping from their portable electric fencing into other farmers’ vegetables fields.

Africa Must Invest in Agriculture - allAfrica.com

Africa Must Invest in Agriculture - allAfrica.com: The only way Africa can deliver tangible results in agriculture is to mobilise its own human and financial resources and invest more in the sector.

This was said by the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, Tumussine Peace, at the12th meeting of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Partnership (CAADP) held in Accra, Ghana last week.

Marathwada's drought: How climate change has destroyed agriculture and ruined farmers - Firstpost

Marathwada's drought: How climate change has destroyed agriculture and ruined farmers - Firstpost: A series on Marathwada’s battle with three consecutive years of drought is incomplete without understanding the impact of climate change. The rise in the country’s annual temperature by 0.7 �C and erratic climatic patterns are sure to affect the region’s agriculture which is primarily rainfed with 12 percent area under irrigation.

Global Real Estate Boom Is Coming to an End, U.K.’s Grosvenor Warns - WSJ

Global Real Estate Boom Is Coming to an End, U.K.’s Grosvenor Warns - WSJ: A major U.K. landlord warned�Tuesday�that the boom in global real estate is coming to an end.

London-based Grosvenor Group, which manages investments on behalf of the Duke of Westminster, said in its annual report that years of rising property values could be set to reverse.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Good Morning! Paul Georgy with the early morning commentary for April 19, 2016.

Grain markets are mixed with corn and soybeans higher, wheat lower. US Dollar is slightly lower. Crude oil is regaining Monday’s losses due to an oil worker strike in Kuwait.

Are We in For a Big Acreage Shift?�Join us in our next webinar, April 26 at 8:00 PM CDT. �Register. Allendale's Rich Nelson will share the latest thoughts on US corn and soybean acreage, including how recent price swings could impact the final planting numbers, and how the market could react to acreage changes.

The USDA says 13% of the US corn crop is planted vs. 8% average. Based on the estimates of March 31 the farmers planted approximately 8.7 million acres last week leaving 79.1 million to plant. USDA will likely release soybean planting numbers next week.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Farmer doesn't plan on sitting anytime soon after nearly 8 decades in the field | News | bgdailynews.com

Farmer doesn't plan on sitting anytime soon after nearly 8 decades in the field | News | bgdailynews.com: Corn-planting season is around the corner in the region, and as he looks out at the farmland where his crops will soon be sown, Forest Taylor speaks about the agricultural environment with an authority that can only be conferred through nearly eight decades of experience in the field.

Representative farms showing little but red ink over next four years. | Cotton content from Delta Farm Press

Representative farms showing little but red ink over next four years. | Cotton content from Delta Farm Press: U.S. feed grain, oilseed, wheat and cotton farms face the bleakest outlook they’ve seen since the late 1990s in terms of financial condition and their long-term prospects for survivability.

Based on the records for 63 representative crop farms maintained by Texas A&M University’s Agricultural and Food Policy Center, many of the nation’s commercial crop farms face highly uncertain futures over the next four years.

Transparency boosts Brazil's fight to tackle modern slavery on coffee farms

Transparency boosts Brazil's fight to tackle modern slavery on coffee farms: Poor Brazilians have been lured to coffee plantations with promises of good wages only to find themselves living in squalor and debt bondage, although the government has taken steps to name and shame farms involved in modern slavery, aid agencies said on Monday.

South America's largest country has made significant improvements in tackling forced labour in agriculture, with the Ministry of Labour publishing a "dirty list" of employers benefiting from modern slavery, said Michael Sheridan, director of the 'Coffeelands Program' of Catholic Relief Services.

Many British farms not viable without EU support, says NFU - FT.com

Many British farms not viable without EU support, says NFU - FT.com: But most farmers are less sure when it comes to Brexit. As Carwyn Rees, whose family farm is in Caernarvonshire, says: “The problem is that we don’t know what will happen if we go out. Farmers would have to battle against transport, health and education, for money.”
Farming, more than any other industry in Britain, is arguably the sector most affected by membership of the EU. All industries share the same unfettered trading access to the EU’s 500m consumers but only agriculture receives as large an annual pay cheque — of €3.1bn last year, equivalent to €235 a hectare in England.

Here's 5 trends that may rattle real estate this week - The Orange County Register

Here's 5 trends that may rattle real estate this week - The Orange County Register: Five trends that may move real estate markets this week:

1. CoreLogic's Orange County housing report for March comes out this week.

2. See U.S. homebuying report from Realtors, out Wednesday.

3. Are builders building? See housing permit data, out Tuesday.

4. What are developers thinking? Read NAHB homebuilder survey, out Monday.

5. Which way mortgage rates? See Freddie Mac survey, out Thursday.

Brokers Say 'Swarms' Coming for Broward Real Estate | Daily Business Review

Brokers Say 'Swarms' Coming for Broward Real Estate | Daily Business Review: Investors priced out of Miami-Dade County are taking their money north. Foreign nationals whose slashed currencies barely stand against the dollar find more bang for their buck in Broward County, which is stepping out of Miami’s shadow.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are mostly higher as South American weather supports soybeans and wheat sees short covering. Crude oil is lower reacting to no freeze for OPEC. Oil traders were looking for an agreement by OPEC to freeze production but it did not materialize. Crude drops sharply overnight causing pressure on stock markets around the world.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

StoneHouse, Foodshed Farms partner for Arkansas-grown menu | Times Record

StoneHouse, Foodshed Farms partner for Arkansas-grown menu | Times Record: By John Lovett
Times Record • jlovett@swtimes.com
StoneHouse at Chaffee Crossing recently became the first Fort Smith restaurant to ink a deal with Foodshed Farms Cooperative for more organic Arkansas grown produce and meats.

Foodshed Farms is a farmer-owned cooperative created to increase access to fresh, local food while supporting the livelihoods of small-scale Arkansas farmers.

Ben Maddox, general manager for Foodshed, said the Little Rock-based cooperative has farmers in Mansfield and Paris, in addition to locations all over the Natural State. StoneHouse executive chef Memo Vaca said they also work with a farm in Rudy.

Chinese investors expected to buy more Canadian real estate in 2016

Chinese investors expected to buy more Canadian real estate in 2016: Chinese investors are getting hungrier for real estate in Canada, where foreign demand has fueled record price gains and made million-dollar homes the norm in cities such as Vancouver.

Inquiries for Canadian homes on�Juwai.com,�a property search engine that lists real estate around the world for Chinese buyers, jumped 134 per cent�in the first quarter from a year earlier, according to the Shanghai-based company. The figure tracks the total number of queries sent to the agent, developer, or seller of a Canadian property listed on the website.

Virtual reality provides real estate tool of the future

Virtual reality provides real estate tool of the future: Realtor Gary Ashton�might have been sitting�in�his office near downtown Nashville, but thanks to the virtual-reality headset strapped to his face, his eyes were telling�him he was walking through�a house....

Could the San Francisco real estate market finally be slowing down? - MarketWatch

Could the San Francisco real estate market finally be slowing down? - MarketWatch: That sound you hear may be some air finally escaping from the inflated San Francisco real estate market.

Home prices in the San Francisco Bay Area fell by 1.8% year-over-year in March, the first such drop in four years, according to Redfin , a Seattle-based real estate brokerage. “For years, San Francisco has been one of — if not the most — competitive markets in the country,” said Redfin chief economist Nela Richardson. “Now we are seeing this white-hot market start to cool and contract,” she said. Richardson noted that the share of Redfin properties facing multiple offers by buyers dropped to 77% in March from 94% compared to a year ago, Richardson added. “This suggests that the price drop is not about inventory, it’s about buyers fed up with high Bay Area prices and crazy competition,” she said.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

US Farmers Fight Back Against Corporate Agriculture | News | teleSUR English

US Farmers Fight Back Against Corporate Agriculture | News | teleSUR English: People from around the world are celebrating the International Day of Campesino’s Struggle on Sunday, as millions of small scale farmers across the planet face violence and forced eviction for control of the global food production.

The U.N. estimates that there are 500 million family farms around the world, representing up to 80 percent of all farms in most countries.

La.'s original 'Voice of Agriculture' dies

La.'s original 'Voice of Agriculture' dies: Regnal Wallace, the original "Voice of Louisiana�Agriculture," died this week at his home in Crowville, the farmhouse where he grew up as a boy.�He was 81.

Agribusiness Report: Weather Could Be Bad For Agriculture

Agribusiness Report: Weather Could Be Bad For Agriculture: Forecasters around the world are predicting a La Ni�a weather event will develop this year.

El Ni�o is weakening, forecasters with the University of Missouri says the weather event would likely bring hot and dry weather to the Midwest this summer.

La Ni�a is a weather pattern that directs the jet stream from the Pacific Ocean over Canada. Rain-storms often follow that stream leaving central and south central U.S. states dry.

Farmland blocks worth �45m add heat to the spring market - Farmers Weekly

Farmland blocks worth �45m add heat to the spring market - Farmers Weekly: English farms valued at a total of �45m have been launched for sale this week, bringing�more than 3,000 acres of arable land and about 700�acres of grass to the market.�

Unusually, most of the arable land is in East Anglia, with quality�Grade 2 and 3 soils available in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire with irrigation�and grain storage.�

Farms take advantage of mild winter | Local News - WMUR Home

Farms take advantage of mild winter | Local News - WMUR Home: Farm crews have been able to get out on the grounds earlier than usual. Moulton Farm in Meredith is officially open for business, with stocked shelves and plows in the fields.

"That is an exciting time, to see that soil turn for the first time," owner John Moulton said.

Moulton said mild temperatures and the lack of snow are allowing crews to start prepping the fields early this year for growing.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are quiet after a volatile week. The US Dollar is slightly lower with crude oil giving back some of this weeks gains.

Are We in For a Big Acreage Shift?�Join us in our next webinar, April 26 at 8:00 PM CDT. �Register Here. Allendale's Rich Nelson will share the latest thoughts on US corn and soybean acreage, including how recent price swings could impact the final planting numbers, and how the market could react to acreage changes.

Weather forecasts are projecting rain for the plains from TX through the Dakotas over the weekend. Most of the Midwest is dry with field work getting into full swing. Argentina rains should start to recede over the weekend followed by several days of drying. Look for any shift in the forecast to cause a reaction in grain markets.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

KC Fed: Mounting Financial Pressure in the U.S. Farm Sector | Agweb.com

KC Fed: Mounting Financial Pressure in the U.S. Farm Sector | Agweb.com: In a special report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Nathan Kauffman outlines the weakening in the nation's ag economy in the first quarter of 2016 and says that weakness "is expected to remain soft through the year."

Dawson Creek farmland sale nets pretty penny

Dawson Creek farmland sale nets pretty penny: On April 1, seven agricultural parcels north of Dawson Creek belonging Marvin and Karen Baerg sold at auction.

By the end of the day, the sale brought in $3.92 million, averaging an impressive $512,000 per quarter section.�

Five buyers ultimately picked up sections of land, and according to Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, all five are from the South Peace area.�

As crop prices fall, farms relying more on U.S. aid | NWADG

As crop prices fall, farms relying more on U.S. aid | NWADG: A crop surplus is creating a slump in U.S. grain prices that is worsening to the point where farmers will soon get more in government aid than at any time in the past decade, analysts say.

About $13.9 billion of net farm income this year will be from federal payments, or about 25 percent of total profit estimated at $54.8 billion, according to figures provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That's the biggest payout and highest ratio since 2006, as programs authorized by Congress two years ago cost more than originally forecast.

Farmers will earn less than half what they did three years ago, before global surpluses sent commodity prices plunging. Corn and soybeans, the biggest U.S. crops, are so cheap now that farmers are expecting to lose money on every acre they plant this season. That's putting a bigger strain on government safety nets for agriculture.

"This is a sign of a weak farm economy that is much weaker than even a couple years ago," said Patrick Westhoff, director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Denmark invests Rp 2 trillion in Indonesia's agriculture sector - The Jakarta Post

Denmark invests Rp 2 trillion in Indonesia's agriculture sector - The Jakarta Post: The Danish government has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Agriculture Ministry to invest at least Rp 2 trillion (US$152.7 million) into Indonesia's cattle, corn and sugar plantation industries.

Agriculture commissioner: Strawberry farmers expecting strong season in '16 :: WRAL.com

Agriculture commissioner: Strawberry farmers expecting strong season in '16 :: WRAL.com: Despite a recent string of below-freezing nights, North Carolina strawberry growers are expecting a productive season, state officials said Wednesday.

State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said many farmers in the eastern part of the state are already picking berries, about two weeks earlier than normal.

“Our growers are very experienced with dealing with late frosts and know how to protect their crops,” Troxler said in a statement. “Because of their diligent efforts, this season shows a lot of promise with plenty of strawberries available. Plus, since we had warm weather in winter, consumers will be able to enjoy fresh berries even earlier.”

Farmers in 8 states to trade via e-agriculture market from tomorrow | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Farmers in 8 states to trade via e-agriculture market from tomorrow | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis: The electronic launch of NAM portal will be formally done on Thursday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here in the national capital on the 125th birth anniversary of Bhim Rao Ambedkar.

Simultaneously, the e-portal will be inaugurated by state dignitaries in 21 wholesale mandis in eight states -- Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Telangana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand and Himachal Pradesh.

USDA Blog � Celebrating the New Face of Agriculture

USDA Blog � Celebrating the New Face of Agriculture: At the Agricultural Marketing Service and across USDA, we often talk about the fact that the face of American agriculture is changing. The ranks of our farmers, especially young and beginning farmers, include a growing number of women, people of color, veterans or folks in their second careers. So-called “traditional” agriculture defies the term as it pursues new strategies, new products, and new markets. Across the country, agriculture is diversifying and evolving to meet changing consumer demands.

Agriculture Traders See No Relief From Glut-Fueled Bear Market | Agweb.com

Agriculture Traders See No Relief From Glut-Fueled Bear Market | Agweb.com: Some of the world’s top agricultural commodities traders say the era of slumping prices and low volatility isn’t over yet.

Crop prices that slid in the past three years still aren’t low enough to encourage output cuts, Matt Jansen, the chief executive officer of trader Cofco Agri, said on Tuesday at the Financial Times Commodities Global Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland. It’s harder for traders to profit from lower price volatility, Louis Dreyfus Co. and Cargill Inc. said.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are lower on profit taking after the recent sharp rally. The US Dollar Index is higher while other markets have a risk-off bias.

Money flow in recent sessions has dictated the price movement in grains at the CME. Fundamental conditions have not changed significantly when looking strictly at supply and demand. However, the weaker dollar and the relationships of other currencies to the dollar has changed the attitude of investors.

Technical buying has also been a factor. As resistance levels are�broken, further buying has been triggered by short-covering and margin clerks directives of “meet your margin call now or get out.” The question is how long will this continue?

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Postcards connecting the world - Postcrossing

Postcards connecting the world - Postcrossing

Northern Michigan Farms Hoping Snow Melts, Ready For Spring Crop - Northern Michigan's News Leader

Northern Michigan Farms Hoping Snow Melts, Ready For Spring Crop - Northern Michigan's News Leader: "Hopefully, we're ready to just roll into better weather," Up North Blueberry Farm co-owner Jodi Wagner said.

With spring snow still on the ground, local farmers are hoping it melts away soon.

Until it does melt, they can't get to work on their spring crops.

The Coveyou Scenic Farm Market in Petoskey would like to be transplanting hearty plants into the ground.

The Up North Blueberry Farm would normally be cleaning up their fields in Gaylord.

Ohio shutting down prison farms, to sell land - Break News - Ohio

Ohio shutting down prison farms, to sell land - Break News - Ohio: Ohio is shutting down its prison farms in a move to raise millions of dollars to fund new rehabilitation and job-training programs for inmates through land sales.
The state will continue farming this year but prepare to auction off livestock and stop farming by 2017, prisons director Gary Mohr told The Associated Press.
About 220 inmates work on the farms at the height of the season, with few, if any, taking farm jobs afterward, compared with 20,000 inmates released each year in need of help and services as they re-enter the community, Mohr said.

Government expects good monsoon this year after two years of drought: Agriculture Secretary - The Economic Times

Government expects good monsoon this year after two years of drought: Agriculture Secretary - The Economic Times: The government expects a good monsoon this year after two years of drought as the rain-disrupting El Nino phenomenon is retreating, Agriculture Secretary Shobhana K Pattanayak said.

Scientists at the India Meteorological Department have already said that this year's monsoon will be much better, and IMD has finalised its official forecast, officials said.

Looking toward next generation in agriculture at Colorado governor’s forum - High Plains Journal: Ag News

Looking toward next generation in agriculture at Colorado governor’s forum - High Plains Journal: Ag News: For 25 years in Colorado, the governor of the state has been hosting the annual Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture. Held this year in Denver during mid-February, the event welcomed the state’s top leaders in both agriculture and the legislature.

The event was presented by the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program and is in its 12th class. CALP helps develop and enhance the leadership capabilities of diverse men and women committed to the future of agriculture.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are higher on active larger trader buying. Heavy rains in Argentina provide more fuel for the bullish cause. The US Dollar rebounds for critical support while API data weighs on crude oil values.

Heavy rains in Argentina are creating trader concerns as yield loss in soybeans is being reported. US Midwest weather is open in most areas allowing for fieldwork and planting in western portions.

Cash soybean sales by farmers increased in recent days causing processor and elevator basis to slip a few cents. Corn basis is seen as steady due to a slower pace of selling by farmers.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Average farmland prices up 10.1% in 2015: Farm Credit Canada report | Globalnews.ca

Average farmland prices up 10.1% in 2015: Farm Credit Canada report | Globalnews.ca: A new report says the average price of farmland across Canada increased 10.1 per cent last year as low interest rates and strong crop income helped maintain demand.

The report by Farm Credit Canada says last year’s gains are part of a continuous upward trend that started in 1993.

Seed theft from Iowa farms exposes vulnerability | The Gazette

Seed theft from Iowa farms exposes vulnerability | The Gazette: U.S. and Iowa flags are seen next to a cornfield in Grand Mound on Aug. 15. Six Chinese nationals were accused in 2013 of digging up corn seeds from Iowa farms and planning to send them back to China. Only one, Mo Hailong, has pleaded guilty.

Kansas Common Sense - Exploring Opportunities for Veterans in Agriculture - Kansas Common Sense - Newsroom - United States Senator Jerry Moran

Kansas Common Sense - Exploring Opportunities for Veterans in Agriculture - Kansas Common Sense - Newsroom - United States Senator Jerry Moran: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Military Veterans Agricultural Liaison Lanon Baccam also testified at the hearing to detail what USDA is doing to reduce those barriers and what is needed from Congress to further advance the cause. I conveyed my appreciation to USDA for their willingness to assist in making certain veterans who have a desire to farm and ranch when they transition to civilian life have every opportunity to make their dream come true. I look forward to continuing to find ways to support SAVE and other efforts to assist veterans transitioning into agriculture.

Agriculture in the City educates urban families about food production - Saskatoon | Globalnews.ca

Agriculture in the City educates urban families about food production - Saskatoon | Globalnews.ca: You didn’t have to leave Saskatoon on Saturday to experience life on the farm. Lawson Heights Mall was transformed into a rural information centre for the fifth annual�Agriculture in the City event.

This year’s event featured six different activity zones including crops, animals, food, agriculture, careers and science.

Emerging Markets Behind Agriculture Boom Now Driving a Bust - Bloomberg

Emerging Markets Behind Agriculture Boom Now Driving a Bust - Bloomberg: In the late 2000s, food demand from China and India’s�growing populations sparked a frenzy for agriculture investment and sent prices soaring. Now, the other two big emerging markets -- Russia and Brazil -- are behind the collapse in prices as farmers ramp up grain production and stockpiles swell. Weak currencies make it profitable for growers in those countries to boost output and may prolong the bear market for another three to five years, according to Dan Basse, president of researcher AgResource Co. in Chicago.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are higher lead by buying in soybeans. Commodities are starting Tuesday with a risk-on attitude. The weaker dollar in recent sessions is providing world buyers to shop the US again for soybeans and soymeal.

USDA April Supply and Demand report will be released at 11:00 am. Trade is expecting minor changes in ending stocks for corn, soybeans and wheat. Key areas that may hold a surprise are Corn for ethanol usage and changes in the residual category. Soybean traders are wondering when USDA will adjust crush usage numbers. This report setup makes it important to place “just in case” orders with your broker. Algo traders may provide the opportunity for the unexpected.

US Ending Stocks estimates: wheat April estimate is .977 billion bushel vs. USDA March estimate .966; corn April estimate 1.845 billion bushel vs. USDA March 1.837; soybeans April estimate .454 billion bushel vs. USDA March .460.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Israeli Company To Invest In Agriculture In South Sudan > Gurtong Trust > Editorial

Israeli Company To Invest In Agriculture In South Sudan > Gurtong Trust > Editorial: In Eastern Equatoria, the company, joined by both National and Imatong State government officials on Tuesday gathered in Bur Payam Torit, at a field that was located to the company to launch its agricultural activities.

Speaking during the launch Imatong State Governor, Nartisio Loluke Manir appreciated the Israeli company's commitment to assist South Sudan in food production.

The Governor said that nearly one-third of Eastern Equatoria lies on the greenbelt region thus making it one of South Sudan's food basket areas.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are mixed with soybeans higher and wheat lower. The Dollar is slightly lower while stock indices and gold are stronger.

Malaysian palm oil output was 1.219 mmt compared to Reuters traders survey of 1.126 mmt and 1.043 mmt last month. Stocks fell by 13.1% TO 1.885 mmt which was below trade estimate of 1.945 and last month’s stocks of 2.168 mmt. Exports rose 22.9 percent to 1.33 million tonnes in March.

Weather conditions for the southern plains hard red winter wheat should show some improvement this week. A light system is expected to provide some moisture early this week and then a much heavier amount of rain is forecast for late this week.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Saturday Papers: Brexit fear hits farmland prices - Citywire Money

Saturday Papers: Brexit fear hits farmland prices - Citywire Money: English farmland has seen the steepest fall in its value since the financial crisis, as investors fret about the possibility of a loss of subsidies in the event of Brexit.

Subsidy fears hit farmland | | The Times & The Sunday Times

Subsidy fears hit farmland | | The Times & The Sunday Times: English farmland values have seen their steepest falls since the credit crunch as investors worry about the possible loss of subsidies if Britain votes to leave the European Union. Prices dropped by 3 per cent to below �8,000 an acre in the three months to March, according to Knight Frank. Farmland has risen by nearly 180 per cent in the last decade.

Escondido couple launch agro-tourism farm | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

Escondido couple launch agro-tourism farm | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com: Ten years ago, David Solomon and Jessica Sanchez walked away from the corporate world for a simpler life with their children as urban farmers.

Now, at their newly renamed Terra Madre Gardens in Escondido, they hope to inspire other young families to find similar inspiration

Family Member To Share The History Of Ferris Acres Farms

Family Member To Share The History Of Ferris Acres Farms: Ferris Acres Farms, the historic dairy farm located on Sugar Street, has become a familiar landmark in the town not only for its handsome herd of black and white Holstein cows but also for its roadside ice creamery that opened in 2004.

Elveden Farms to become research hub for potato growers - Farming - Eastern Daily Press

Elveden Farms to become research hub for potato growers - Farming - Eastern Daily Press: The Elveden Estate, on the Norfolk-Suffolk border near Thetford, has become the nation’s second Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm – a project co-ordinated by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s potatoes division (AHDB Potatoes).

SPot Farms are a “knowledge exchange” concept designed to demonstrate the benefits of levy-funded research and development within a practical, commercial environment, through a series of demonstrations and open days.

Cold weather could be harmful to local farms | WWLP.com

Cold weather could be harmful to local farms | WWLP.com: Apple farmers are worried their crop could be hurt by the late season cold weather. The warmer weather earlier in the season signaled the apple trees to begin budding sooner.

However,�our recent cold-spell is now hurting those buds and other flowering trees.

At Atkins Farms in Amherst they told 22News they’ll have to wait until the growing season in May to find out how their apple trees have been affected.�They said right now, they’re more concerned about their peaches.

A model for digital agriculture | ETH Zurich

A model for digital agriculture | ETH Zurich: The industrialisation of agriculture began some 100 years ago; today we are witnessing its digitalisation. But the wave of Big Data may sweep farmers off their land unless they prepare their fields and mark out a course in good time. Only then digital agriculture can address the right questions.

Not your grandma's farm share: Community-supported agriculture businesses think outside the veggie box | OregonLive.com

Not your grandma's farm share: Community-supported agriculture businesses think outside the veggie box | OregonLive.com: Adelante Mujeres farmers kept hearing that the people who bought their weekly produce boxes were throwing away the chiles they packed in there. The habaneros that Ontoniel Del Real grows were too spicy for some customers.

Del Real is a Mexican immigrant who is farming a small plot of land, with the hopes he can eventually turn that into his full-time career on a bigger farm with his wife and kids. But, for now, he sells the habaneros, tomatoes, mustard leaves, pumpkins and lemon cucumbers -- his specialty -- through the non-profit Adelante Mujeres. The Forest Grove-based nonprofit helps Latin American immigrant farmers get started on their own agricultural businesses and distribute their produce through several channels, one of the biggest being the community-supported agriculture model.

Why It's Critical to Cultivate Agriculture in Angola

Why It's Critical to Cultivate Agriculture in Angola: Angola has the resources to become one of the leading agricultural countries in Africa, reports the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agriculture Service. And once upon a time, it was.

Look up Angola and agriculture on Wikipedia and you’ll see that Angola’s history involved a flourishing tradition of family-based farming. The country was self-sufficient in all major food crops except wheat. Angola exported coffee and maize, in addition to other crops including sisal, bananas, sugar cane, cassava and cotton. In fact, coffee was once Angola’s leading export and was considered among the best in the world.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Agriculture Is Brazil’s One Bright Spot - WSJ

Agriculture Is Brazil’s One Bright Spot - WSJ: A deep recession, political chaos and a Zika virus epidemic have brought Brazil low, but the country is still a world-beater in one respect: agriculture.

Brazil’s crop agency, Conab, said Thursday it expects a record soybean crop this year and a corn crop close to a record. The country’s farmers look set to produce record crops of coffee and sugar cane as well this year, while cattle ranchers and chicken and hog farmers foresee reaching new heights for exports.

Technology is a game changer in real estate business

Technology is a game changer in real estate business: For real estate professionals, just like the rest of us, technology is a mixed blessing. Innovations such as virtual home tours make house hunting more fun, and electronic signatures and other tools make the buying process more efficient.

But a higher volume of information that is easily accessed means more chances for misinformation and, in some cases, security risks.

A 2016 study by the National Association of Realtors found that 89 percent of home buyers used a website in their search and 57 percent used a mobile app or website. And 42 percent of house hunters looked at online listings before contacting a real estate agent.

Friday, April 08, 2016

Program seeks farmland for wildlife habitat

Program seeks farmland for wildlife habitat: The Wisconsin Farm Service Agency is reminding farmers it has an allotted number of farmland acres in Wisconsin eligible for funding for wildlife habitat restoration.

The initiative, known as State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement, is part of the Conservation Reserve Program, a federally funded voluntary program that for 30 years has assisted farmers with the cost of restoring and enhancing certain grasses, shrubs and trees to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and reduce loss of wildlife habitat. In return, participants receive rental payments and cost-share assistance.

Farm Bureau Applauds Overhaul of Farmland Tax Formula | 93.1 WIBC

Farm Bureau Applauds Overhaul of Farmland Tax Formula | 93.1 WIBC: Farm groups are applauding a tax change they say will make their bills more predictable.

Farmland's tax value is calculated based on how productive the land was. But the state uses four-year-old figures. That means farmers are paying based on prices double what they're earning now.

The bill signed into law last month cuts the lag to two years. Indiana Farm Bureau president Randy Kron says that's the most recent information available. The bill authored by Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Chairman Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek) also guarantees increases in the base tax rate will stay in a range of 6-8%, depending on how good a year the grain markets have.

Rising cost of Metro Vancouver farmland drives up local food prices, says report | BC Business

Rising cost of Metro Vancouver farmland drives up local food prices, says report | BC Business: The rising price of agricultural land in Metro Vancouver is making farming less viable and increasing the cost of food, says the author of a new report commissioned by Vancity Credit Union.
“We can be really interested in local food, we can shop at a farmer’s market, but we actually need to care about the land use decisions that are made in our municipality,” says Brent Mansfield, director of the BC Food Systems Network. “We need to protect the farmland we have and we need to do all we can to make sure that it’s being actively farmed.”

English farmland prices hit by Brexit fears - FT.com

English farmland prices hit by Brexit fears - FT.com: English farmland has seen the steepest fall in its value since the financial crisis, as investors fret about the possibility of a loss of subsidies in the event of Brexit.
Values fell by 3 per cent in the three months to March in an index by Knight Frank, the estate agent, the largest quarterly drop since the end of 2008, ending a bull run of spectacular returns on farmland.

Heifer International’s Pierre Ferrari on sustaining small farms | GreenBiz

Heifer International’s Pierre Ferrari on sustaining small farms | GreenBiz: If you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for life — or so the adage goes.

This is the philosophy out of which the poverty and hunger-focused nonprofit Heifer International got its start in the 1940s. Heifer International connects low-income communities in impoverished regions around the globe to individual donors, whose aid comes in the form of livestock and training.

Bard MBA spoke to Heifer International President and CEO Pierre Ferrari about Heifer’s work to increase community capacity, partner with local governments and diversify its value chains.

Corbin ties together agriculture and urban lifestyle

Corbin ties together agriculture and urban lifestyle: A 40% downtown vacancy, five years ago, is today, at only 5%; but officials say, beneath those statistics, is a deeply rooted foundation of agriculture.

"What we've tried to do is bridge that gap as best as possible; to take the people that are dedicated to providing high quality local produce and meats, and connecting them to members of the community around them,” said Director of Downtown Corbin, Andy Salmons.

Workshop to connect military veterans to agriculture - Texas Farm Bureau

Workshop to connect military veterans to agriculture - Texas Farm Bureau: The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, in cooperation with the Texas AgrAbility Project and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will be holding two free “Battleground to Breaking Ground: A Transformation Journey” agricultural workshops to assistant current and former military in learning about starting, developing and funding an agricultural business.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are steady to higher. Crude oil is higher while US Dollar is steady.

US spring weather is beginning to have an effect on grains, corn especially. Wetness in the Delta and Southeast has trade concerned about corn planting progress. USDA will provide the first weekly progress reports on Monday afternoon. Argentina also has areas of too wet and Brazil's forecast is for dry conditions next week for the second crop corn.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

High farmland prices hinder gains in food security

High farmland prices hinder gains in food security: The cost of small-acreage farmland in Metro Vancouver is two- to seven-times higher than that of large farms and is priced well beyond its value as agricultural land, according to a new report by Vancity.

In fact, the ability�of farmland to support agriculture has�little if any effect on the value of farmland in Metro Vancouver, which rises�with the value of residential land and proximity to urban centres.

With prices for fresh vegetables up 26 per cent between January 2015 and January 2016 — and projected to keep rising — the eroding viability of farming in British Columbia is a concern. B.C. is highly dependent on imported fresh foods, especially from California, which has suffered from extended drought and reduced agricultural productivity.

Supreme Court Affirms 3,500-Home Development On Farmland - Civil Beat News

Supreme Court Affirms 3,500-Home Development On Farmland - Civil Beat News: The Hawaii Supreme Court has issued a ruling that allows developer Castle & Cooke to proceed�with building a 3,500-home community known as Koa Ridge in central Oahu.

“The LUC in this case properly reclassified Castle & Cooke’s property from the agricultural land use district to the urban land use district,” the majority opinion says, referring to the state Land Use Commission.

Farmland leasing good option for new farmers

Farmland leasing good option for new farmers: Part of my decision to farm came from an understanding that strong regional food systems comprised of smaller, diversified farms can bolster local economies and help communities confronted by unpredictable climate achieve greater resilience. But beginning farmers drawn to launch small- and medium-scale diversified farms are struggling, and not for lack of zeal or initiative. No matter their education, hands-on training or slavish hours worked, upstart farmers do not have access to the means of achieving basic goals like finding land and securing tenure.

IPR News Blog | Organic Farms on the Increase in Indiana, and U.S.

IPR News Blog | Organic Farms on the Increase in Indiana, and U.S.: The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a significant increase in the number of certified organic operations this week. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Nick Janzen reports that Indiana is adding organic farms faster than the national average.

Would EU exit render our farms unviable? - Northumberland Gazette

Would EU exit render our farms unviable? - Northumberland Gazette: The chairman of the farmers’ union in Northumberland has painted a bleak picture of the industry’s future if Britain votes to leave the EU.

His comments came after yesterday’s release of a report, commissioned by the NFU, on the implications of a Brexit on British agriculture.

Farms facing peach disaster | News | salemnews.com

Farms facing peach disaster | News | salemnews.com: The see-saw nature of the past winter and spring have taken a toll at Cider Hill Farm, where co-owner Glenn Cook said he has lost his peach crop.

“That’s how it looks to me,” Cook said. �“We’re already counting on a total loss.”

Cider Hill isn’t alone. Farmers throughout the region are reporting their peach crops have been destroyed by the fluky weather.

More than 35 New Hampshire farms now offer shares | Escape Outside - WMUR Home

More than 35 New Hampshire farms now offer shares | Escape Outside - WMUR Home: After a career in the restaurant business, Lichtenberg is in his third year of offering community-supported agriculture (CSA) shares, in addition to his offerings at local farmers markets.

For about $20 to $25 a week, families can receive shares of his produce. Deliveries for his produce begin June 9. The season ends about Oct. 1.

National Soil Conservation Week Focuses on Sustainable Agriculture

National Soil Conservation Week Focuses on Sustainable Agriculture: Soil, air, water, and wildlife that share the land with agricultural production are all impacted by soil management. National Soil Conservation Week, which runs from April 17 to 23, is focusing on the importance of proper land stewardship for the benefit of all resources - especially soil - under our care.

Farmland still popular, solid investment - Delphos Herald

Farmland still popular, solid investment - Delphos Herald: In 2013, farmland sold for record sums and the prices remained high for a long time, according to Ron Spencer of Ron Spencer Realty. Now, however, Spencer said current prices are almost two-thirds less than the price was in 2013.
“Not so good,” Spencer said. “We may see this for a couple of years.”

Spencer does think farmland prices have held up well even though the land isn’t going for as much as previously. Prices do fluctuate, of course. For example, a recent sale in Defiance had 411. 5 acres going for $1.9 million or $4,617 an acre. But the inverse is also true. Spencer recently sold a farm in Madison County for $15,000 an acre and not so long ago, a Mercer County farm went for $17,000 an acre.

How drones lift agriculture in Bulgaria to a higher plane - FT.com

How drones lift agriculture in Bulgaria to a higher plane - FT.com: Stefan Dimitrov, a farmer in Bulgaria’s central Rose Valley, has some unusual guardians to protect his 1,500 hectares of land from criminals, wild animals and crop failure: they fly at 60 kilometres per hour and run on rechargeable batteries.
Mr Dimitrov’s drones are revolutionising the way he and fellow farmers in Bulgaria are managing their business. The company behind them hopes the drones will become as essential to agriculture as tractors and ploughs.
“[The drones are] making the agriculture sector an exciting place to be,” says Mr Dimitrov. He adds that by using data from them “we have been able to improve our day-to-day activities through the amount of information we have to hand.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets remain sideways as the stock indices and gold exhibit more volatility. The US Dollar and crude oil are waiting for guidance as central bank leaders give speeches.

Ethanol production last week was 976,000 barrels per day compared to 992,000 barrels per day in the previous week. Ethanol stocks declined but are still 8.5% larger than a year ago. Using the USDA’s goal of .5% corn for ethanol usage one has to believe a further increase would be expected by year end.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are mixed with corn and soybeans steady, while wheat is under a bit of pressure due to better than expected crop conditions. Outside markets are finding strength as the US Dollar, crude oil and equities are higher.

The presidential race becomes more interesting after Cruz and Sanders win in Wisconsin yesterday.

Spreading between corn and soybeans has been the feature as traders assume price relationships will impact planting rotations. Producers have told us they are sticking to their rotation plans at least through the central cornbelt.

The Malaysian March palm oil production report next Monday, April 11 may overshadow the USDA report the following day. The reaction to the updated supply and demand could have a direct influence on soybean oil. The soy complex is being led by soyoil as world edible oil stocks tighten.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

GroupGAP Offers Affordable Certification Option for Small and Mid-sized Farms | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

GroupGAP Offers Affordable Certification Option for Small and Mid-sized Farms | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition: After three years in pilot stage the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) this week announced that GroupGAP, a new certification option ideal for small and mid-sized farms, will be available nationwide.

GAP (short for “good agricultural practices) certification is a USDA audit program through which producers can demonstrate their compliance with food safety requirements to purchasers and retailers. Historically, GAP certification has been out of reach for many small and mid-sized farms and beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers because of the price. GroupGAP provides a long-awaited alternative option, wherein grower groups, farmer coops, and food collaboratives can share the certification cost by pooling together.

Big farms to reap dividends from listing surge | WeeklyTimesNow

Big farms to reap dividends from listing surge | WeeklyTimesNow: SEVERAL �large southeast Australian farms have hit the market, attracting interest from Asian firms, local corporates and traditional farming families.

Thriving Mildura family farm SS Citrus, a 303ha export-focused production and packing business, is expected to attract more than $16 million on a walk-in walk-out basis.

SS Citrus has 187ha of established citrus, pomegranate and avocado orchards and Murray River water entitlements, which CBRE agent Peter Ryan said could support a 30 per cent increase in orchard size.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are mostly steady to lower. The equity markets retreat from the 2016 rally while the US Dollar firms and crude oil remains weak.

Traders continue to talk about the surprise in corn planting verses soybeans on last week’s report. The soybean/corn price relationship has moved to levels encouraging soybean planting over corn since then. �Our chief strategist, Rich Nelson compared years where there was a large jump in corn acres on the March report and found that the last three times this happened the USDA reported more corn acres planted on the June 30 report. Bottom line there are several weeks before planting is ultimately decided and weather and finances will no doubt play a part in the end results.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Rains May Force Delta Farmers to Shift Corn Acres to Other Crops | Agweb.com

Rains May Force Delta Farmers to Shift Corn Acres to Other Crops | Agweb.com: The recent rains that fell on Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas likely wreaked more damage on fields still soggy from the torrential rains that fell in mid-March. Corn planting in the three states is well behind the five-year averages, and this week’s rains will likely force some producers, particularly in Louisiana, to plant either cotton or soybeans.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are being led higher by the soy complex as US planting expectations suggest “price to entice” more acres. The US Dollar and stock indices are higher while crude oil is steady.

The next USDA report is April 12 where we will see how they breakdown the stocks numbers released on March 31. The first balance sheet for 2016/17 will be released in May.

Baker Hughes has dropped the oil rig count by 10 to 362 compared to the Oct 2014 peak rig count of 1609.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Donald Trump on North Korea going to war: 'Good luck, enjoy yourself folks' | US news | The Guardian

Donald Trump on North Korea going to war: 'Good luck, enjoy yourself folks' | US news | The Guardian: Speaking at a rally in Rothschild, Wisconsin ahead of the state’s primary on Tuesday, the Republican presidential frontrunner said that if conflict between Japan and nuclear-armed North Korea were to break out, “it would be a terrible thing but if they do, they do”.

“Good luck,” he added. “Enjoy yourself, folks.”

Specialty Crop Grants available, deadline April 20 - High Plains Journal: Crops

Specialty Crop Grants available, deadline April 20 - High Plains Journal: Crops: The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is pleased to announce funding opportunities to enhance the specialty crop industry within the state thanks to the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Marketing Services. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, local, state and federal government entities, for-profit organizations and colleges and universities.
“The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is a great opportunity to fund research, education and outreach projects that benefit Oklahoma’s specialty crop farmers,” said Jason Harvey, an agriculture marketing coordinator for ODAFF. “These funds also help improve the quality and availability of locally produced fruits and vegetables to consumers.”

Of Character: Arapaho farmer honored with Oklahoma agriculture acheivement award | News OK

Of Character: Arapaho farmer honored with Oklahoma agriculture acheivement award | News OK: Clint Roush watched recently as an easy March breeze rolled across the lush Gallagher wheat that spreads a vibrantly green carpet between East and West Barnitz Creeks in western Oklahoma's Custer County.

That same gentle wind made the short hair dance on the back of an Angus feeder steer in the lot nearby.

Wednesday during Ag Day at the state Capitol, Roush was recognized as the 2016 recipient of the Governor's Outstanding Achievement Award in Agriculture, the 19th recipient in the history of the prestigious honor.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

100 percent water allocation will boost farmland production - Appeal-Democrat: News

100 percent water allocation will boost farmland production - Appeal-Democrat: News: Sacramento Valley water users will receive a full allocation from the Central Valley Project, a development that will likely put tens of thousands of acres of farmland back into production after several years of water supply cutbacks due to the drought.
Settlement contractors, water service contractors and municipal and industrial users north of the Delta all received a 100 percent allocation. Wildlife refuges will receive 100 percent of their level two allocation, which is about 65 percent of the full amount they are able to receive in a year, according to Friday's announcement from the Bureau of Reclamation.

Mormon-Owned Ranch Balances Agriculture and Conservation in Central Florida

Mormon-Owned Ranch Balances Agriculture and Conservation in Central Florida: Long before the Orlando International Airport, the Space Coast (the area around Kennedy Space Center) and Disney World were on the map in central Florida, a cattle ranch and agricultural operation with Mormon ties was working to protect Florida’s ecosystem.

Deseret Cattle and Citrus, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has been going strong for 65 years. This commercial farming and ranching operation is situated on about 295,000 acres in parts of three Florida counties between Orlando and Melbourne.

Agriculture: The Next M&A Growth Sector? - Forbes

Agriculture: The Next M&A Growth Sector? - Forbes: When analyzing M&A trends in agriculture, there are two main sub-sectors to focus on: 1) farming; and 2) agribusiness, which includes companies that make fertilizer, insecticides, chemicals and seeds. Historically, the real action has been in the latter and there’s been tremendous consolidation whereby only a handful of players dominate the industry. Trends in the former, however, suggest that farming may soon become a hotbed of M&A activity.

Agriculture is UK's fastest growing subject – and a smart career choice | Education | The Guardian

Agriculture is UK's fastest growing subject – and a smart career choice | Education | The Guardian: Agriculture is now the fastest growing subject at UK universities, with a 4.6% increase in student numbers last year, according to the environment minister Elizabeth Truss. There are now more than 19,000 people studying it and related subjects.

As a farming graduate, this sudden growth doesn’t surprise me. I studied at Harper Adams University (HAU), which specialises in agri-food and rural studies. In 2013-14, 96% of students who graduated from HAU and its associated colleges were employed or in education six months after completing their course.

Friday, April 01, 2016

'No One Expected the Magnitude of What USDA Reported' | Agweb.com

'No One Expected the Magnitude of What USDA Reported' | Agweb.com: USDA knocked everyone’s socks off �Thursday�with the corn estimates in its annual�Prospective Planting report. "No one �expected the magnitude of what USDA reported," said�Pro Farmer Editor Brian Grete on Friday's Pro Farmer Profit Briefing.�

Romania may change the rules EU residents looking to buy farmland

Romania may change the rules EU residents looking to buy farmland: Foreigners from EU countries and those residing in Romania may be entitled to buy farmland located in towns or villages (intravilan), as well as woodland, according to a draft bill initiated by several Romanian MPs.

“Game changer” looms for central Illinois farmland | The Community Word

“Game changer” looms for central Illinois farmland | The Community Word: Winter could transition to spring this year with major change on the farm horizon. Or change could start next year, but regardless of the timing, a major economic reshuffling of ag acreage is fermenting.

“A game changer” is how farm manager Rob Woodrow describes a new pricing strategy that could provide the needed impetus to push thousands of acres of farmland from chemical to organic practices.

Woodrow and his partner Kent Kraft, Farmland Solutions LLC, manage about 40,000 acres in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. About 25,000 acres of that is in Scully land trusts, and the Scully beneficiaries all have interest in organics.

Haslam names Jai Templeton agriculture commissioner

Haslam names Jai Templeton agriculture commissioner: Gov. Bill Haslam announced Thursdaythe appointment of Jai Templeton, a sixth-generation Tennessee farmer, as commissioner of the Department of Agriculture effective May 1. Templeton will replace Julius Johnson,�who last week announced his retirement, according to a press release.

Minnesota farm incomes reach a 20-year low - StarTribune.com

Minnesota farm incomes reach a 20-year low - StarTribune.com: Farmers hauled in a record amount of corn and other crops last year, but declining prices hurt the pocketbook, with average farm incomes hitting a 20-year low in inflation-adjusted dollars.

It was a tough year for both crop farms and livestock producers, according to a report released Thursday by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and University of Minnesota Extension.

Feds to announce water allotment for some California farms - KSBY.com | San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Area News

Feds to announce water allotment for some California farms - KSBY.com | San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Area News: Federal officials will say how much water some California farmers can expect to receive this year in one of the nation's most productive agricultural regions.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's announcement on Friday affects San Joaquin Valley farmers, spanning California's interior from Stockton to Bakersfield. It is home to about one-third of California's farmland.

Some California farms getting full water supplies | The Press Democrat

Some California farms getting full water supplies | The Press Democrat: any California farmers and other water customers expect to receive all of their requested deliveries this year from a vast system of canals and reservoirs run by the federal government, while others will likely receive a fraction as the state recovers from several years of drought, officials said Friday.

Farms and water customers in the state's northern Central Valley will receive their full water supplies provided by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Last year, those farmers received no water, and communities got a one-quarter of their contracted supplies.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are lower with the soy complex getting support from firm product markets. The Macro markets are quiet, waiting for the employment data at 7:30 this morning.

With the Prospective Planting Report behind us the weather conditions of too hot, too cold, too wet or too dry will become a market influencer.