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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

City by city look at U.S. house prices shows every metro gaining ground - MarketWatch

City by city look at U.S. house prices shows every metro gaining ground - MarketWatch

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are mixed in post-holiday trade with soybeans concerned about demand and corn looking ahead to planting progress. The US Dollar, stock indices and crude are starting higher.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Bringing up farmers – St. Albans Messenger

Bringing up farmers – St. Albans Messenger: Will the next generation follow their parents into farming? That’s the question facing agriculture here and across the country.

A recent analysis of U.S. Census of Agriculture data by American Farmland Trust (AFT) found 30 percent of New England farmers will exit the business in the next 10 years or so. That might not be surprising. Any local farmer will tell you business isn’t booming.

Farmers Tap New Source Of Income: Big Data

Farmers Tap New Source Of Income: Big Data: Jason Tatge isn’t a farm kid. He grew up in Plymouth, but he’s spent much of this spring traveling around rural Minnesota to sign up farmers for his Farmobile Data Store program. At a time when crop prices are low, Tatge is offering at least $2 an acre to farmers willing to collect data on their planting choices, fertilizer applications and crop yields.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are mixed�as traders even positions ahead of�the three-day holiday weekend. Macro traders will have a few reports to trade this morning as they await a Q&A with Fed Chair Janet Yellen.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are mixed�as traders even positions ahead of�the three-day holiday weekend. Macro traders will have a few reports to trade this morning as they await a Q&A with Fed Chair Janet Yellen.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: The chart picture�looks strong for grains and oilseed markets as soybean meal leads the charge and is setting new contract highs overnight. Corn is testing the April high in the July futures contract while wheat struggles with moving average resistance levels.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are higher as investors return to support their positions. The US Dollar is mostly steady while crude oil tries to break the $50 per barrel level. Stock indices are higher.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Navajo Farmland in New Mexico Has Been Without Water fir 10 Days After a Pipe Break - The Atlantic

Navajo Farmland in New Mexico Has Been Without Water fir 10 Days After a Pipe Break - The Atlantic: Tens of thousands of acres of farmland on the Navajo Nation have been without water for more than week because of a broken pipeline that may not be fixed until next month.

The farmland, located in Farmington, New Mexico, is managed by the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry (NAPI) and produces products under the “Navajo Pride” brand.

'Farms would fail to survive without EU assistance' - Hogan - News - FG Insight

'Farms would fail to survive without EU assistance' - Hogan - News - FG Insight: MORE TOPICS  European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development�Phil Hogan has spoken exclusively to Farmers Guardian about the implications of Brexit on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). But would farmers really be worse off if the UK left the European Union? Bruce Jobson reports.

Could a livelihood in agriculture be a way for refugees to move from surviving to thriving? | Voices and Views: Middle East and North Africa

Could a livelihood in agriculture be a way for refugees to move from surviving to thriving? | Voices and Views: Middle East and North Africa: Syrian families have been forcibly displaced and scattered across the Middle East and beyond and many of those who fled the war tell me they have lost friends, family members, and most of their possessions.

Advisory experts put diverse agriculture in spotlight | Irish Examiner

Advisory experts put diverse agriculture in spotlight | Irish Examiner: Advisory and education professionals from all over Europe will be in Limerick next month for a conference on the provision of innovation support for a diverse agriculture.

Department of agriculture hopes to spread hops growth throughout state | News | bgdailynews.com

Department of agriculture hopes to spread hops growth throughout state | News | bgdailynews.com: The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is working to determine whether hops are a viable crop in the state....

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are lower�in mostly quiet overnight trade as the US Dollar continues to strengthen. Traders continue to monitor weather updates and world demand as rumors of quality issues in South America circulate.

Monday, May 23, 2016

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Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Paul Georgy with the early morning commentary for May 23, 2016.

Grain markets are lower as US crops improve and investors start week with a risk off attitude. The US Dollar and crude give back some of their recent gains while stock indices test chart support.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Farmland taxes increasing on real estate bill | Local News | thesouthern.com

Farmland taxes increasing on real estate bill | Local News | thesouthern.com: Farmland owners will soon receive their tax bills in the mail and will most likely notice a slight bump in their assessment of property value.

The increase in farmland taxes will be decided by the land's productivity index. The productivity index determines the quality of the soil, according to Jessica Grammer, manager at the Jackson County Farm Bureau.

Small US farms struggle to stay in the family | CCTV America

Small US farms struggle to stay in the family | CCTV America: Farmers who want to stay small and independent in the United States are under increasing pressure. U.S. government figures show 97 percent of all farms are family-run, but that’s because many small family farms turned into big family farms – and big businesses. One problem in the quest to stay small: a shortage of willing heirs to take over operations.

John Deere Cuts Earnings Outlook | Deere Annual Investor Results

John Deere Cuts Earnings Outlook | Deere Annual Investor Results: Deere & Co. (IW 500/37), the world’s biggest agricultural equipment manufacturer, cut its fiscal full-year earnings outlook as lower commodity prices hurt farmers’ income and a glut of unsold machinery continues to pile up at dealerships.

Russian grain exports up 13% by May 18 - Agriculture Ministry | Russia Beyond The Headlines

Russian grain exports up 13% by May 18 - Agriculture Ministry | Russia Beyond The Headlines: Russia exported 31.861 million tonnes of grain over the period from July 1, 2015 to May 18, 2016, a 12.8% rise as compared with the same period the season before (28.251 million tonnes), the Russian Agriculture Ministry has said, citing the Federal Customs Service's data.

Farminator: Robot ranchers replacing humans in agriculture (VIDEOS) — RT Viral

Farminator: Robot ranchers replacing humans in agriculture (VIDEOS) — RT Viral: As technology advances, the future of farming is about to change drastically with the rise of robots being used in agricultural work as alternatives to manpower.
“Farmbots” are now being used as shepherds in the Australian outback where farmers struggle to monitor livestock frequently enough due to the remote locations of herds, according to the New Scientist.

One example is cattle station “Suplejack Downs,” which is located in the Northern Territory and takes some 13 hours to reach by car from the nearest town, Alice Springs. The farm is spread across 4,000 sq km, which can prove difficult to manage.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Agricultural theme parks cropping up nationwide - Chicago Tribune

Agricultural theme parks cropping up nationwide - Chicago Tribune: People who don't mind getting their hands dirty could do worse than visit one of the agricultural theme parks that have opened around the country in recent years. Visitors will be able to have various farming experiences, purchase agricultural products and enjoy good food. These theme parks help enhance agricultural competitiveness by drawing attention to the so-called sixth industry of agriculture, in which production, processing and distribution - the primary, secondary and tertiary industries - are vertically integrated.

Farmland Investment Pros Tell All - Corn - News | Agweb.com

Farmland Investment Pros Tell All - Corn - News | Agweb.com: Institutional investors are putting down millions of dollars for farmland. There’s always been investment interest in agriculture—but never before has it been so widespread. That’s why three land investment experts will interact with young farmers during a panel discussion about the changing face of land ownership June 17 at the 2016 Tomorrow’s Top Producer conference in Nashville.

High-flying drone makes 1st flight to test farmland photos | U.S. News | US News

High-flying drone makes 1st flight to test farmland photos | U.S. News | US News: A high-flying drone that will be used to test precision agriculture methods made its inaugural flight Friday in North Dakota amid handshakes and smiles from aircraft operators and farm officials.

Hamilton ponders love, future of farms in ‘Excellent Lombards’ - San Antonio Express-News

Hamilton ponders love, future of farms in ‘Excellent Lombards’ - San Antonio Express-News: After living and working on an apple orchard for decades, Wisconsin writer Jane Hamilton knows a few things about cultivating distinctive varieties.

My first job in agriculture: Jennifer Vincent, Loss adjuster | FGinsight.com - VIP - FG Insight

My first job in agriculture: Jennifer Vincent, Loss adjuster | FGinsight.com - VIP - FG Insight: Overlooking the shores of Loch Maree, an hour or so north of Inverness, the hotel – which was managed by Jennifer’s father – was immersed in animal life.

Her visits involved managing fish as well as shooting and stalking in the nearby countryside and, following the closure of the hotel as a result of fish depletion caused by a nearby fish farm, Jennifer developed a keen interest in food supply and sustainability, which remains with her to this day.

Friday, May 20, 2016

More than 120,000 acres of Delaware farmland have been permanently preserved through a state program

More than 120,000 acres of Delaware farmland have been permanently preserved through a state program: More than 120,000 acres of Delaware farmland have been permanently preserved through a state program.

Urth Farms Resurrects New Britain Organic Farming - Courant Community

Urth Farms Resurrects New Britain Organic Farming - Courant Community: In a poor, heavily developed residential neighborhood that's ringed by a couple of package stores, two pizza shops and a car repair garage, the 3.5-acre Urth Farms is looking to become one of central Connecticut's premier outlets for organic produce.

Platform Economy and Agriculture: the major trends to look out for

Platform Economy and Agriculture: the major trends to look out for: Farmers are entrepreneurs of a future in which innovation means banking on "precision agriculture", and the opportunity to invest in a new business model: one that uses digital tools to optimize the management of common property.
Far from contemporary stereotypes, computer-savvy farmers are educating themselves in the "field of digital knowledge" and using it to promote their own interests. This subversion of the traditional economy is ultimately allowing them to adapt and anticipate the challenges of tomorrow, most notably that of feeding a planet which will be home to 9 billion people by 2050.

Reversing rural exodus through agriculture: Myth or reality? | Bread for the World

Reversing rural exodus through agriculture: Myth or reality? | Bread for the World: I recently returned from Senegal, where I addressed the 2016 Youth Agribusiness, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship Summit on Innovation (YALESI) in Dakar. The summit, organized by the Global Youth Innovation Network, had a theme perfectly in line with global realities: “Youth Capacities to Fight Hunger and Create Employment Opportunities.” As bad news on global youth unemployment, its negative impacts on rural communities, and the need to “do something” make headlines, the�International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is walking the talk. IFAD is an international institution dedicated to ending hunger and poverty, particularly in poor rural communities.� The challenges of rural poverty are exacerbated by climate change, ongoing land degradation, and economic decline due to youth migration to urban areas in search of economic opportunities.

Fast-Casual Restaurants Like Chipotle Could Spark an Agriculture Revolution | US News

Fast-Casual Restaurants Like Chipotle Could Spark an Agriculture Revolution | US News: The way to bring corporate agriculture in line with sustainable practices may be through America's stomach.

If healthful "fast-casual" dining keeps growing, experts say, more widespread shifts toward sustainability and fresh or minimally processed produce and meat are likely to follow.

Agriculture: An Uber Moment For Entrepreneurs - Forbes

Agriculture: An Uber Moment For Entrepreneurs - Forbes: As Uber and Lyft have demonstrated, there are huge opportunities in applying new-fangled technologies to traditional industries. Entrepreneurs do not even have to necessarily have domain expertise. Hey, Uber co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick had no background in the taxi industry – other than he disliked the customer experience!

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Paul Georgy with the early morning commentary for May 20, 2016.

Grain markets are higher�on repositioning after NOAA's weather update and the US Dollar rally pressured grains yesterday.

Weekly Export sales were out yesterday, and corn sales were reported at 2,013,828 metric tonnes (1,473,148 old crop 540,680 new). This beat the trade's expectation of 1.0 - 1.6 million. The current year to date sales pace is 9% over the five-year average.

Soybean sales totaled 714,635 metric tonnes. They were within the trade expectation of 350,000 - 750,000. Year to date sales are also 13% over last year.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are are lower as traders take a risk off attitude after the Fed minutes were released. The US Dollar is higher, while crude oil lower is lower. Stock indices are lower, testing key chart support levels.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are lower on profit taking created by the headwinds of a stronger US Dollar. Crude oil remains steady to up slightly while stock indices are steady after Tuesday loss.

Chart picture suggests resistance at 4.09 in the December corn contract after closing at the highest price since early November 2015. Technical indicators are suggesting an overbought condition therefore without a continuation of money flow and immediate weather concerns a correction could be possible.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are higher as strong crude oil and a weak US Dollar provide underlying support. Stock indices rally to test the 20 day moving average and the near-term trend resistance line.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Wisconsin Ag Connection - Wisconsin Farmland Values Were Up From Last Year

Wisconsin Ag Connection - Wisconsin Farmland Values Were Up From Last Year: Wisconsin continued to outpace the rest of its neighbors in the growth of farmland property values during the past year. According to the latest survey of agricultural lenders in the Seventh Federal Reserve District, farmland values in the upper Midwest between January through March 2016 were down four-percent from a year ago; and was one-percent lower compared to the previous quarter. However, Wisconsin ag property increased by one-percent from last year (the only state that had positive growth), but did fall two percent from the fourth quarter of 2015.

Farm Credit Dairy Summary Gives Bleak Outlook | Dairy | lancasterfarming.com

Farm Credit Dairy Summary Gives Bleak Outlook | Dairy | lancasterfarming.com: Milk prices are expected to keep trending downward in 2016, meaning farms will have to tighten their belts even more to offset shrinking profit margins.

That’s what a panel of Farm Credit East experts said in a webinar on Monday.

The peak profit margin of $4.75 per hundredweight in 2014 fell to 12 cents in 2015, which was basically a breakeven year. But cash that farms had on hand last year is likely gone, meaning the current outlook is bleaker than a year ago.

The real value of urban farming. (Hint: It's not always the food.) - Vox

The real value of urban farming. (Hint: It's not always the food.) - Vox: During World War II, millions of Americans planted "victory gardens" in their backyards, eventually supplying a hungry nation with 40 percent of its homegrown fruits and vegetables. Once the war was over, those urban farms withered away, supplanted by increasingly efficient large-scale rural agriculture.

With cropland prices high, now might be the right time to sell | The Kansas City Star

With cropland prices high, now might be the right time to sell | The Kansas City Star: Is now the right time to sell the farm? If you are a landowner nearing or just past retirement age, this might be the perfect time to consider selling. Cropland prices are near historically high levels, and particularly for top quality land, prices seem to have stabilized for the moment.

Skylark’s numbers are in decline - Bury Free Press

Skylark’s numbers are in decline - Bury Free Press: But this is a songster whose populations have undergone a significant decline, leading to its placement on the Birds of Conservation Concern ‘Red-list’. The reasons for the change in fortunes are all too familiar; the process of agricultural intensification (and in particular the switch from spring to autumn sowing of cereals) has reduced the number of breeding attempts Skylarks can make within a season. In addition, the change in farming practice may have lowered overwinter survival rates because of the loss of the winter stubbles that used to be so rich in spilt grain and other seeds.

USDA accepting more farmland for wildlife habitat - Sidney Daily News - sidneydailynews.com

USDA accepting more farmland for wildlife habitat - Sidney Daily News - sidneydailynews.com: The initiative, known as State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE), is part of the USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), a federally-funded voluntary program that for 30 years has assisted agricultural producers with the cost of restoring, enhancing and protecting certain grasses, shrubs and trees to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and reduce loss of wildlife habitat. In return, USDA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance.

Climate change badly affecting agriculture in Pakistan | DailyTimes

Climate change badly affecting agriculture in Pakistan | DailyTimes: Climate change is impacting adversely the agriculture sector of Pakistan and it is need of hour that measures be taken on fast track basis to create awareness about climate change among the farming community.

Within the policy framework of climate change federal government has issued directives to the provinces for protection of agriculture and improvement in livestock.

Ministry of Climate Change has also directed the provinces to take steps to counter the negative fall-out of climate change with particular reference to agriculture and live stock.

Agriculture is backbone of Pakistan’s national economy which contributes 21 percent to the GDP of the country. It is source of livelihood for 45 percent people and it constitutes 75 percent share of income accruing from exports.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are lower as planting conditions improve in the US. Crude oil is higher while US Dollar is steady.

Weather conditions should give all areas a chance to get some fieldwork done this week. The weekend weather was a bit cooler than trade had expected with 32 degree temps in northeastern IA, MN and WI.

On the weekly planting progress report this afternoon trade is looking for corn planting above 75% and soybean planting near 40%.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are lower on profit taking as traders have a risk-off attitude. Chinese and Malaysian soy and palm oil markets are lower weighing on CME prices. The US Dollar finds strength as crude oil and stock indices are all lower in early trade today.

Rain is causing US corn planting delays, and with the current price improvement in soybeans, the trade is already talking about more shifting acres. We are hearing active talk of a 1 to 2million acre shift, up from the pre-rally discussion of 750,000. Our customers are switching spring wheat to soybeans in MN. A customer said he heard the market report on Tuesday while he was planting wheat. He came to the end of the field, emptied the wheat out of the drill and replaced it with soybeans, and planted soybeans on the balance of his acreage.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are higher as outside buying is attracted to Ag markets. The stock indices rally after yesterday’s late session slide. Crude oil and the US Dollar are firmer overnight. Brazil’s senate votes to put president Rousseff on trial.

Industry projections of future USDA corn and soybean balance sheets are providing extremely wide estimates. Bulls are using La Nina to disrupt production and bears are using the price rally to draw more planted acres. Bottom line, the outlook suggests we are in for choppy markets as we go through the summer. It also makes the June 30 Planted acreage report very important. If you haven’t seen the trading range study done by Allendale’s Rich Nelson, please call or email and we will be happy to share it with you.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are higher led by the soybean complex after the USDA report. The US Dollar, crude oil and stock indices are lower on profit taking and weak corporate earnings.

The UDSA surprised traders by lowering ending stocks in old crop soybeans by 45 million bushels from last month and setting the first estimate for 2016/17 ending stocks at 305 million bushels, 100 million bushel less than analyst expectations. They increased usage in several categories changing focus from a supply driven market to a demand driven market. However, any disruption in production in US will add to fund buying enthusiasm.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

KAALtv.com - ABC 6 News Investigates: Victims of Value

KAALtv.com - ABC 6 News Investigates: Victims of Value: Farmland values are decreasing across the Midwest, and residents in rural Minnesota school districts with large school improvement referendums might see their property taxes skyrocket as a result.
An analysis by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and the University of Minnesota Extension released in March shows prices for nearly all major commodities declined in 2015. Although livestock producers had a good year in 2014, both crop and livestock farms had a tough year financially in 2015.

Wright to testify Thursday before U.S. House Agriculture Committee about SNAP program - OANow.com: News

Wright to testify Thursday before U.S. House Agriculture Committee about SNAP program - OANow.com: News: Opelika’s Jimmy Wright will make his way to Washington this week to testify before the U.S. House Agriculture Committee about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program from a retailer’s perspective.

Wright, owner of Wright’s Market, will give his testimony at the full committee’s Thursday 9 a.m. public hearing entitled, “The Past, Present, and Future of SNAP: The Retailer Perspective.”

Agriculture policy targets bumper income - Times of India

Agriculture policy targets bumper income - Times of India: ile launching the 12th edition of the state-wide Krishi Mahotsav from Anand and releasing the new Krishi Business Policy-2016, the CM attributed the almost threefold rise in the yields of groundnut, bajri, wheat, banana and rai from 900 to 2,700 kg/ha in the state due to efforts taken during the Krishi Mahotsav.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are narrowly mixed as trade waits for the USDA data. US Dollar is a bit lower while crude oil is higher. Stock indices are higher on solid earnings data in the EU.

The May USDA Supply and Demand crop report will be released today at 11:00 am CT. Trade estimates for 2015/16 ending stocks (in billion bushels) for wheat 0.981, corn 1.841, and soybeans 0.426.

The average trade estimates for 2016/17 ending stocks for wheat 0.997, corn 2.294 and soybeans 0.405 billion bushels.

The trade is looking for USDA to drop Argentina’s soybeans by 3.30 mmt, and Brazil’s corn production by 3.54 mmt.

Monday, May 09, 2016

Wyke Farms is ‘first dairy farm’ to be Carbon Trust triple certified | FoodBev

Wyke Farms is ‘first dairy farm’ to be Carbon Trust triple certified | FoodBev: Cheese producer Wyke Farms has today announced that it has achieved triple certification to the Carbon Trust standard for improving environmental performance in carbon emissions, water use and waste.

It is “the first dairy firm in the UK to hold all three certifications at the same time”.

To achieve the triple certification, Wyke Farms were able to demonstrate reductions in CO2 emissions, water use and total waste output. A qualitative assessment also looked at the systems put in place under the 100% Green framework, which found that the company’s environmental management processes were sufficiently strong to meet the requirements of the standard.

La Nina Puts Agriculture Sector In The Spotlight | See It Market

La Nina Puts Agriculture Sector In The Spotlight | See It Market: “The possible transition from a record breaking El Nino to a La Nina pattern may be a significant variable affecting commodity prices. Understanding this meteorological cycle change can give investors an edge in seeking unique assets with promising risk/reward scenarios“.

‘Significant challenges ahead’ says new agriculture minister

‘Significant challenges ahead’ says new agriculture minister: “We are a trading economy, exports are our lifeblood. The more we export, the better prices we can secure, so we can secure a decent standard of living and that’s the challenge.”

He commented that “there are issues in terms of policy that we will be working on to try and ensure people can get a just reward from the huge endeavours that they put in inside the farm gate”.

China plans to invest $1.9bn in Kazakh agriculture - FT.com

China plans to invest $1.9bn in Kazakh agriculture - FT.com

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are higher ahead of key Ag reports later today and tomorrow. Crude oil is firm, testing last month’s highs.

Grain traders will be doing some pre report adjusting early this week. The USDA May Supply and Demand report will be released tomorrow at 11:00 am. The focus is on what will USDA do with yield on the first look of the 2016/17 balance sheet.

Today at 3:00 pm the USDA releases the weekly crop progress and conditions report. Trade is looking for corn planting progress to be 52 to 57% complete compared to 62% average. Soybean progress could be 15 to 20% complete versus average of 22%.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

From Andouille to Zeringue: A guide to buying in the River Parishes | NOLA.com

From Andouille to Zeringue: A guide to buying in the River Parishes | NOLA.com: When tourists come to New Orleans, they seek a taste of the area, including Andouille. But little do they know that the Andouille capital of the world, just upriver from the city, is also the heart of great homes and communities. St. James, St. Charles and St. John parishes offer the best of Louisiana life at a great price.

To rent or buy? And where? Local experts discuss housing outlook - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports, Social

To rent or buy? And where? Local experts discuss housing outlook - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports, Social: Housing. It's more than about a roof over one’s head.

In terms of the economy, the local real estate market has a lot of eyes on it, and on Friday hundreds gathered at the University of New Orleans an economic outlook and real estate forecast seminar.

"Very positive,” said Richard Haase, president of Latter and Blum, talking about�the overall housing outlook.

Mandeville, Jefferson poised for expansion in local real estate market | New Orleans - WDSU Home

Mandeville, Jefferson poised for expansion in local real estate market | New Orleans - WDSU Home: In the decade since Hurricane Katrina, experts say New Orleans has experienced a real estate renaissance. �New construction and major renovations have breathed new life into some old neighborhoods. That’s especially true downtown where several old parking lots have been turned into high rise apartment buildings and condos.

Friday, May 06, 2016

Daily Hampshire Gazette - Study raises concern over future of�farmland with aging owners

Daily Hampshire Gazette - Study raises concern over future of�farmland with aging owners: LaSalle Florists has been growing for 82 years, but current owner John LaSalle, who says he started at age 3 in the business his grandfather launched in 1934, is in his 60s, and looking ahead to the day when he might want to retire.

“It’s just logical thinking,” said LaSalle, who like many farmers around the state is looking ahead at the future of the third-generation family business. “I want to do other things with the last 20 years of my life.”

Who Gets The Farm? Study Shows Aging New England Farmers Faced With Tough Choices

Who Gets The Farm? Study Shows Aging New England Farmers Faced With Tough Choices: A new study shows that nearly a third of New England farm operators are over age 65, and most of those farmers don’t employ anyone under 45 years old. The study was conducted by the organizations American Farmland Trust and Land For Good. Cris Coffin is Land For Good’s policy director. She says farmers in the survey had differing views of retirement.

Farmland prices dip in the first quarter of 2016 due to limited supply - Agriland

Farmland prices dip in the first quarter of 2016 due to limited supply - Agriland: The first quarter of 2016 proved challenging for the Irish agricultural land market with farmland prices dipping, according to the latest Sherry�Fitzgerald Land Price Index.

Farmland down, acreages and houses in demand say local realtors | Latest Local News | globegazette.com

Farmland down, acreages and houses in demand say local realtors | Latest Local News | globegazette.com: Mitchell County real estate agents agree farmland prices are falling, while good acreages and moderate housing are in demand as well as the need for rental properties.

Elaine Govern with Govern Farms and Homes, Riceville, Kevin Kolbet of Kolbet Realtors, Osage, and Lisa Pollard with Main Reality, Osage, offered their thoughts on the current real estate market in Mitchell County.

How family-run farms in Michigan are changing - Crain's Detroit Business

How family-run farms in Michigan are changing - Crain's Detroit Business: Every business in every industry has challenges. And family businesses that want to remain family-owned for multiple generations have additional challenges.

But family businesses in agriculture and agribusiness may have the biggest business and family challenges of all. The family businesses that succeed in this sector need to be among the best-run businesses in America.

Cheap milk shakes farms | The Mercury

Cheap milk shakes farms | The Mercury: THE Tasmanian dairy industry is reeling after the state’s largest milk processor, Fonterra, announced a cut to its supplier milk price — just a week after Murray Goulburn slashed its farmgate price.

The move is a cruel blow to the state’s valuable $440 million industry, leaving 440 dairy farmers with tough decisions to make about their future operations. About 250 farms supply Fonterra.

What is climate-smart agriculture, and why should you care? | Virgin

What is climate-smart agriculture, and why should you care? | Virgin: Companies like McDonald’s, which uses 2 per cent of the world’s beef and Walmart, the world’s biggest company, regularly refer to it when describing how their products come to market.�Heads of state – from US President Barack Obama to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte – have also made reference to it when debating climate targets. Of course, it was a focal point of much discussion as the world came to an agreement on tackling global warming at the COP21 meeting in Paris last Christmas.

Eye on Agriculture: Cultivating Hope - KXNet.com - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Eye on Agriculture: Cultivating Hope - KXNet.com - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND: Profitability in North Dakota's largest industry is in question this year.
According to a spring report from the NDSU Extension Service, the price of many agricultural crops is down by more than half from records in 2012.
In tonight's Eye on Agriculture, Jennifer Kleen introduces us to a third-generation farmer, who -- despite a gloomy horizon -- is still cultivating hope in his fields.

Agriculture Start-Ups Get Boost From Big Firms and Investors - The New York Times

Agriculture Start-Ups Get Boost From Big Firms and Investors - The New York Times: Compared with medicine, where small companies often lead in turning cutting-edge science into new drugs, agriculture has never had much start-up activity. Agricultural biotechnology, for instance, has been dominated by six giant seed and chemical companies, including Monsanto and DuPont.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are steady to higher as markets adjust after a volatile week. The US Dollar and Crude oil are lower as traders wait for employment data later this morning.

As of yesterday’s settle July corn futures�down 18 cents, July soybeans down 17 � cents and July wheat down 25 � cents for the week. July corn futures have�technical support at the 3.71 level and the 50 day moving. Key chart support in July soybeans is the 20 day moving average which crosses at 10.00 �. July wheat is testing support at the contract low around 4.50.

Trade will be looking for manage money liquidation this week on the CFTC Commitment of Traders report which is released at 2:30 today.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain market are mixed as soybeans and corn find support from additional analysts projecting decline in South American crop. Tour results weighs on wheat. The US Dollar and crude oil regain some of recent losses.

USDA will release their first look at the balance sheet for 2016/17 crop year next Tuesday. They are expected to use the acres released on March 31. The question is what changes they will make to the 168 yield they used at the February outlook meeting. Trade is looking for some larger ending stocks than seen in 2015/16 marketing year.

Stats Canada will release their stocks estimate as of March 31, 2016 for major grains and oilseeds on Friday morning.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Strawberry season begins at Batey Farms in Murfreesboro | WKRN News 2

Strawberry season begins at Batey Farms in Murfreesboro | WKRN News 2: Strawberry season is underway at Batey Farms in Murfreesboro.

The strawberry field is located at 3250 Wilkinson Pike, directly across from the Embassy Suites conference center.

The farm welcomes visitors to pick berries through mid-June.

More women taking charge of Wisconsin farms

More women taking charge of Wisconsin farms: This Mother’s Day, celebrate the women championing Wisconsin family farms when traveling. We women in agriculture are increasing in number: In Wisconsin, the number of women-owned farms increased over 25 percent during the last 15 years, according to the Census of Agriculture.

DJI, PrecisionHawk partner on UAV remote sensing for agriculture : GPS World

DJI, PrecisionHawk partner on UAV remote sensing for agriculture : GPS World: PrecisionHawk and DJI announced during the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s Xponential show an exclusive partnership for the agriculture market with a complete agricultural analytics solution. The solution links DJI’s drone hardware to PrecisionHawk’s drone software platform, DataMapper.

“Farmers need real-time information about their crops, their fields and their harvests, and DJI and PrecisionHawk are working together to give them what they need,” said Michael Perry, DJI’s Director of Strategic Partnerships. “We are excited to make collecting and analyzing aerial data easier and more cost-effective than ever, because putting this technology within reach of working farmers will help them as well as everyone who relies on the crops they produce.”

Hottest Real Estate Markets Across U.S.? Go West, Homebuyer - TheStreet

Hottest Real Estate Markets Across U.S.? Go West, Homebuyer - TheStreet: The data tells the tale, with April's home sales up 7% compared to 2015, according to Realtor.com

"For sale" homes are moving faster, too. Realtor.com says that houses are lasting on the market, on average, for 68 days - that's five days faster than in April 2015, and six days faster than March 2016. Median-home prices are up, as well, with homes listing for $245,500, 9% higher than last year and 2% higher than the previous�month.

Future for New Orleans economy, real estate focus of UNO conference | NOLA.com

Future for New Orleans economy, real estate focus of UNO conference | NOLA.com: The future of the�New Orleans economy and real estate market will be the focus of a conference at University of New Orleans on Friday�(May 6).

The annual Dr. Ivan Miestchovich Economic Outlook & Real Estate Forecast Seminar�will include experts talking about�overall economic growth, hotel developments and trends in commercial and residential real estate.

The conference will be held at UNO's University Center in the Sen. Ted Hickey Ballroom from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Kansas wheat tour results are coming in higher than last year on several tour routes. They are finding stripe rust is some areas but are pointing to big yields because of the April rains across the state.

Ag attach� says Australian wheat production in 2016/17 is forecast at 24 million MT, around the same level as the previous year.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are higher as South American crop loss estimates climb. The US Dollar, crude oil and stock indices are under pressure providing a tailwind for Ag markets.

Corn planting progress is 45% complete compared to trade expectations of 47%. The 5 year average planted on this date is 30%. Soybean planting is 8% completed versus 8% expected and 6% average. Spring wheat seedings are 54% complete versus 69% last year and 39% average.

Winter wheat crop conditions were up 2% to 59% good/excellent. Trade was expecting 60% good/excellent.

Monday, May 02, 2016

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are lower on profit taking and a negative weather forecast. The US Dollar and crude oil are lower as traders start the week with a risk-off attitude.

In my travels to southwestern Missouri last week, I was able to visit with area insurance adjusters who had been out in several wheat fields. They were finding stripe rust showing up in their area.

K-State has issued updated information on the spread of the very serious problem across Kansas. This disease can have a devastating impact on yield potential.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Dollar Fueling Fund Buying in Grains | ProFarmer

Dollar Fueling Fund Buying in Grains | ProFarmer: The U.S. dollar dropped to its lowest level since August and is sitting just above key support. That fueled a fresh wave of speculative investment in commodities and pushed front-month crude oil futures to their highest level since November. The speculative buying also influenced corn, soybeans and wheat as those markets rebounded from the disappointing finish the previous week and posted weekly gains. While traders would typically be focused mostly on weather and planting progress at this time of year, outside markets remain a key component for the grain and soy markets.