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Saturday, January 02, 2016

Big boost for diary farms - Portsmouth News

Big boost for diary farms - Portsmouth News: FARMERS have welcomed a supermarket increasing the price it pays to dairy farmers.

Morrisons has upped the price it pays its dairy farmers supplying all of its own-brand fresh milk.

Meurig Raymond, president of the National Farmers’ Union, based in Petersfield, said: ‘We welcome this latest move by Morrisons which recognises the need to increase the sustainable price back to farmers.’

NSW farmer Brendan Farrell drives hay runs for drought-stricken Queensland farms

NSW farmer Brendan Farrell drives hay runs for drought-stricken Queensland farms: It's 1860 kilometres one way. There are 4500 square bales and rolls of hay. Two hundred and sixty-five drought-stricken properties. There are 138 trailers. Countless days of phone calls and emails.

And a hell of a lot of heart.

Fourth-generation NSW farmer Brendan Farrell has been thinking a lot about his counterparts in Queensland, particularly those in the west, where the state's worst-ever drought has driven hundreds of producers to the brink.

End of Year Review 2015: Agriculture

End of Year Review 2015: Agriculture: A tough year, especially for dairy farmers, saw protests against supermarket prices and the formation of new co-ops in response to volatile market conditions. There were also innovations from Co-operatives UK, which launched a new membership package for agri-co-ops, and from the Ecological Land Co-operative.

It was a tough year for British dairy co-ops, with reduced global demand leading to oversupply and prices below the cost of production.�In July, co-ops First Milk and Arla announced one of a string of milk price cuts.

Uganda Eyes Drone Technology In Agriculture To Improve Food Security | AFKInsider

Uganda Eyes Drone Technology In Agriculture To Improve Food Security | AFKInsider: They are more associated with spying, but unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones), will soon be deployed in Uganda to help farmers increase agricultural output and enhance food security.

A drone is operated using a remote control and flies using propellers. It can be fitted with a knapsack in case the operator is interested in spraying crops.

“Drone technology is trending in surveillance, but it can be used in agriculture,” said Okasai Opolot, a director in the Ministry of Agriculture. He added that drone technology is versatile.

Bumper crops, bird flu shape the year in agriculture - The Grand Island Independent: Local News

Bumper crops, bird flu shape the year in agriculture - The Grand Island Independent: Local News: Nebraska had bumper corn and soybean crops in 2015 but saw a drop in farm income. Likewise, the State Fair set a record for attendance in Grand Island, while poultry shows were absent from the event.
It was a year for pluses and minuses, victories and defeats, in the areas of agribusiness and the environment in 2015. Here are the top 10 stories.

Upcoming exhibitions cover St. Louis high schools, drone warfare and agriculture : Entertainment

Upcoming exhibitions cover St. Louis high schools, drone warfare and agriculture : Entertainment: “GROW,” the St. Louis Science Center’s new one-acre permanent exhibit on agriculture, opens this summer. It will teach about “food from farm to fork” with more that 40 exhibits incorporating chemistry, economics, life sciences, culture and technology. Along with an introduction to farming, there will be facts about water, weather and how plants work, and a greenhouse with a working aquaponic farm. (Opens in summer at the St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Avenue; 314-289-4400; slsc.org)

Market analysis: Cautious optimism for year ahead | The National

Market analysis: Cautious optimism for year ahead | The National: Although 2016 will begin with the usual degree of apprehension, there is a little more certainty about some of the key issues facing the world and the region. This provides some confidence that 2016 could actually be a year of progress despite headlines again being dominated by risks.

In particular, with the path of US interest rates this year looking more certain and “lift-off” now behind us, the question becomes how much the Federal Reserve will raise rates instead of whether it will.

Is the Commodities Super Cycle Slowdown a Shock for Africa? - allAfrica.com

Is the Commodities Super Cycle Slowdown a Shock for Africa? - allAfrica.com: Tumbling commodity prices have refocused attention to sustainability of growth in Africa. For over a decade, high demand and rising prices for Africa's commodities have contributed significantly to growth on the continent. However, since 2011, continued fall in the price of oil and natural gas, and, more recently other minerals, are threatening to turn tailwinds into headwinds. Declining demand in major emerging economies coupled with continuous fragility in developed economies, as well as volatility in the currency and shrinking confidence all call for a reality check.

Commodities - Ending of China's super-boom spells pain with no end seen yet | Reuters - Firstpost

Commodities - Ending of China's super-boom spells pain with no end seen yet | Reuters - Firstpost: A decade-old commodity boom came crashing to an end in 2015, hurting energy and mining companies and punishing prices as China's industrial rise and appetite for raw materials slowed. The outlook for 2016 is not much better.

Peanut Planting Plans | Southeast AgNET

Peanut Planting Plans | Southeast AgNET: It is time to decide what to plant. Tyron Spearman gives us the 2015 peanut crop report numbers, comparing to last year. Tyron also has the latest market prices on peanuts along with a bit of legislative news about what peanut producers may look forward to in 2016 that has not been available to peanut producers in the past.

David Davis Farmland 4 Sale | Southeast AgNET

David Davis Farmland 4 Sale | Southeast AgNET: Nearly 1,500 acres of land once owned by one of Bloomington’s most famous historical figures will be auctioned off next month.

Very Little Iowa Farmland Sold To NEW Farmers | KIWARadio.com

Very Little Iowa Farmland Sold To NEW Farmers | KIWARadio.com: The recently released Iowa State Extension land value survey gives some insight into what happens when farmland is sold in the state. Iowa State University extension economist Wendong Zhang oversees the survey.

10 New Year's Resolutions For Farmers | Support The Farming Community | Farms.com

10 New Year's Resolutions For Farmers | Support The Farming Community | Farms.com: Farmers are a tight knit group and can rely on one another for support. Becoming an active member of the farming community whether it’s becoming a vendor at a farmer’s market or making a presentation on behalf of farmers can bring the community together and show that it’s stronger than ever.�