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Friday, January 22, 2016

Big data pros, cons, Connectivity will affect farmland value | The Dickinson Press

Big data pros, cons, Connectivity will affect farmland value | The Dickinson Press: If a farmer's equipment collects and shares data, should he be concerned that he could get in trouble if the government uses the data to find he was over-applying fertilizer or using the wrong chemical?

Farmland market 'polarised' | The Scottish Farmer

Farmland market 'polarised' | The Scottish Farmer: While at pains to stress that it does not expect a dramatic fall in prices, the firm advised sellers against being too 'ambitious' when marketing farm properties, particularly marginal arable and livestock units.

This caution comes on the back of a successful 2015 for the firm, which saw it shift in excess of �60.5million worth of agricultural property throughout the year, totalling some 16,980 acres, a 30% increase in acreage sold compared to 2014, and a rise of 13.5% in sales value.

Agrimoney.com | US farmland, ag machinery market declines extend into 2016

Agrimoney.com | US farmland, ag machinery market declines extend into 2016: The decline in US farmland prices has extended into another year, and at an accelerating rate, while the pulse of the agricultural equipment market has weakened to the faintest on record.

An index of farmland prices in major US agricultural states compiled by Creighton University came in for January at 23.9, well below the level of 50.0 which indicates a neutral market,

The drop – the 26th successive month of decline – was also below the figure of 23.9 recorded for December.

Rethinking the future of agriculture | World Economic Forum

Rethinking the future of agriculture | World Economic Forum: This week leaders are converging at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos to exchange ideas, shape global agendas, and take steps to solving the world’s most challenging and imminent problems. As part of Deloitte’s work with the Forum’s New Vision for Agriculture team, we’ve been focusing on challenges within the world’s food and agriculture systems - and in particular how leaders across sectors can work together to make our global food systems more inclusive, sustainable, efficient, and nutritious.

A look at the beauty in Colorado’s $40B agriculture industry

A look at the beauty in Colorado’s $40B agriculture industry: The winning pictures in the 18th annual “Colorado ... it’s Agricultural” photography contest showcase the state’s diverse agriculture industry.

The contest is run by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The sector encompasses 170,000 jobs in Colorado and contributes $40 billion to the state’s economy, according to the department.

Can't ignore the trends in agriculture - Farm and Dairy

Can't ignore the trends in agriculture - Farm and Dairy: I must’ve read at least 10 “top trends for 2016” articles at the beginning of the year. Most of them were related to food or farming, but there was an interesting twist proffered by one of the grand dames of futuring, Faith Popcorn. Popcorn talked about “fear,” her word for 2016.

Agriculture Seeks Silicon Valley's Help To Satisfy The World's Demand For Food | ThinkProgress

Agriculture Seeks Silicon Valley's Help To Satisfy The World's Demand For Food | ThinkProgress: Though it’s just an hour south of California’s Silicon Valley, the Salinas Valley — better known for churning out lettuce and tomatoes than the world’s newest tech devices — might as well be a world away. In Silicon Valley, companies like Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and Google reign supreme. In Salinas, the biggest names are those of fruit and vegetable producers — Dole Foods, Chiquita, Driscoll Berries, Taylor Farms.
But the distance between the two places could soon seem a little smaller, thanks in part to a new effort on the part of the agriculture industry to attract technology companies to the Salinas Valley. Last month, the Western Growers Association — a trade association representing local and regional produce growers from California, Arizona, and Colorado — opened the Center for Innovation and Technology in Salinas, CA. The space — which has room for 34 startups to work, take classes, and meet with farmers — hopes to serve as a midway point between the innovative ideas of tech companies and the technical know-how of industry experts.

Microloans expanded for farmland purchases and upgrades - ABC FOX Montana Local News, Weather, Sports KTMF | KWYB

Microloans expanded for farmland purchases and upgrades - ABC FOX Montana Local News, Weather, Sports KTMF | KWYB: Farmers will be able to literally cash in on an�opportunity provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Announced January 19, the USDA will start offering farm ownership microloans to help farmers finance and improve property.�

The USDA hopes the microloans will target new and undeserved farmers as well as U.S. veterans looking for a career in farming. Seventy percent of loans have gone to new farmers in the past.

“Many producers, especially new and undeserved farmers, tell us that access to land is one of the biggest challenges they face in establishing and growing their own farming operation,” the Agricultural Deputy Secretary said. “USDA is making it easier for new farmers to hit the ground running and get access to the land that they need to establish their farms or improve their property.”

In its third year, the program has provided over 16,800 low-interest loans, worth around $373 million, to producers across the country.�

Will 2016 Bring a Record Growing Season? (VIDEO) | Agweb.com

Will 2016 Bring a Record Growing Season? (VIDEO) | Agweb.com: The markets hinge on weather. Depending on rain, drought, temperatures, sunshine and more,�farmers could grow another record crop in 2016�or yields could be dismal. Which will it be?�

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are higher as traders close out the week with short covering and a risk-on attitude. Stock indices and crude oil are higher around the world as news spreads of more easing by European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan. Stocks in China close higher for the week.

Weekly export sales report will be released at 7:30 am this morning due to the holiday last Monday. Trade estimates are: wheat 200,000 to 400,000 tonnes, corn 600,000 to 900,000 tonnes, soybeans 700,000 to 1,000,000 tonnes, soymeal 50,000 to 200,000 tonnes and soyoil 9,000 to 60,000 tonnes.