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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

As crop prices fall, MN farmers may roll more land into conservation | Minnesota Public Radio News

As crop prices fall, MN farmers may roll more land into conservation | Minnesota Public Radio News: Groves of trees and acres of prairie plants break up the nearly continuous fields of corn and soybeans at the Walt Kellen farm in southwest Minnesota. They're part of the land he has in the Conservation Reserve Program.

Kellen has about 130 of his nearly 1,000 acres in CRP, the longtime federal farmland conversation program. He says most of it's marginal for growing crops anyway and he likes that the CRP acres have noticeably increased the wildlife on his farm. He's also planted some 30,000 trees.

Cold decimates crops, fish farms - The China Post

Cold decimates crops, fish farms - The China Post: Ma has placed vital importance on the recent crop damages in a national security meeting, attended by Premier-designate Simon Chang, National Security Council Secretary-General Kao Hua-chu and other high-ranking Executive Yuan officials, stated Presidential Office spokesman Charles Chen

Effect of rain on farms 'remarkable' | Otago Daily Times Online News : Otago, South Island, New Zealand & International News

Effect of rain on farms 'remarkable' | Otago Daily Times Online News : Otago, South Island, New Zealand & International News: For farmers the big dry was "shaping up to be quite a mongrel'' but what a transformation in 10 days.

Persistent rainfall throughout most of Otago in the past fortnight has meant grass and crops have come away, providing hope for farmers struggling with drought.

There was good news in the forecast, too, with rain and showers expected up until the weekend.

Dunback farmer Ken Fergusson said the rain had "turned things around'' but stressed farmers were far from being back to normal.

The End Of The U.S. Farm Boom, And What It Means For Agriculture Stocks | Seeking Alpha

The End Of The U.S. Farm Boom, And What It Means For Agriculture Stocks | Seeking Alpha: American farmers have been spoiled over the past decade. Having what seemed like relentless demand from China for soybeans, and ethanol plants for corn, the U.S. farmer experienced a simultaneous increase in crop prices and land values to record levels.

Mennonite families looking to move to P.E.I. - Local - The Guardian

Mennonite families looking to move to P.E.I. - Local - The Guardian: The relocation of Mennonites from southern Ontario to P.E.I. may also bring a big benefit to the province’s beef industry, says realtor Allan Weeks.

Weeks, the owner of Allan Weeks Real Estate Co., said there’s a number of Mennonite families looking at purchasing farms in P.E.I., largely focusing on Queens County and part of southern Kings County.

Agrimoney.com | Corn Belt farmland returns negative for a second successive quarter

Agrimoney.com | Corn Belt farmland returns negative for a second successive quarter: The decline in crops prices has seen farms in the key Corn Belt area offer negative returns for a second successive quarter, and in the most important period of the year,�far underperforming the gains enjoyed by investors in orchards and groves.

Farmers Begin Digging Out From East Coast Snowstorm | Agweb.com

Farmers Begin Digging Out From East Coast Snowstorm | Agweb.com: At Al-Mara Farm in Midland, Va., the Leonards began preparing early for Jonas’ arrival. With forecasters predicting the nor’easter could drop two feet and more of snow on the Mid-Atlantic, Jeff and Patty Leonard shored up barns, plowed in preparation for Sunday’s milk truck, and provided their animals with extra rations, just in case.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are lower but remain in a narrow trading range. Outside markets are quiet with the US Dollar and crude oil a bit higher.