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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Asia stocks edge up after Japan policy boost; debt shines - Yahoo Finance

Asia stocks edge up after Japan policy boost; debt shines - Yahoo Finance: Asian stocks started a new month on a cautious note on Monday, with the Bank of Japan's surprise policy easing sparking some buying but further signs of economic weakness in China and a fall in oil prices keeping investors on guard.

Debt and higher prices push more farmers into selling land - Farmers Weekly

Debt and higher prices push more farmers into selling land - Farmers Weekly: Farmers made up 50% of farmland sellers last year – the highest proportion in seven years – as low commodity prices increased debt and early retirements.�

According to data from Savills, farmers also made up the smallest proportion of buyers since 2003 – at 43% of all transactions.

Evidence suggested that some farmers, especially those without successors, were taking the opportunity of current record values to exit the industry.

NW farmers say this year's yield hangs in the balance | eNCA

NW farmers say this year's yield hangs in the balance | eNCA: The recent long-awaited rainfall has provided some relief for farmers in drought-stricken parts of the country.

But despite several rainy days in the North West Province this month, agriculture continues to suffer.

Some 75-percent of farmland in the region has been planted.

But the size and quality of the harvest remains to be seen.

The persistent drought�in the North West continues to take its toll on farming communities.

Farmland market softens, but values remain historically high - Herald-Whig -

Farmland market softens, but values remain historically high - Herald-Whig -: A softer agricultural land market will continue in 2016, with values for high-quality land holding steadier, while lower-quality land values decline.
Despite lower land values scattered across many regions, land values in general will remain historically high when compared to long-term trends, according to Farmers National Company.
Company statistics indicate positive long-term economic trends, with current land values encouraging new buyers to enter the market or existing investors to expand portfolios.

Maya Angelou’s Harlem Home for Sale - The New York Times

Maya Angelou’s Harlem Home for Sale - The New York Times

Agriculture is the answer to Nigeria’s economic troubles – Oyedepo | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Agriculture is the answer to Nigeria’s economic troubles – Oyedepo | INFORMATION NIGERIA: The Chancellor, Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara State, Bishop David Oyedepo, has lamented the poor state of Nigeria’s economy. He tasked the Federal Government to explore the unlimited opportunities in agriculture to resolve the problem.

Speaking at the sixth matriculation ceremony of Landmark University, Oyedepo said this became necessary because food insecurity is a major global concern as over one billion people are suffering from starvation and malnutrition.

Banking more on agriculture lending

Banking more on agriculture lending: Now, banks can extend�more finance to emerging activities such as food and agro-processing units, agriculture infrastructure such as storage, as well as those for soil conservation and watershed development, ancillary activities, agro-clinics and agribusiness centres forming part of farm lending. The expanded scope for lending will now open up new vistas of lending to agro-based export oriented units as well

Smart agriculture with smart technology | The Daily Star

Smart agriculture with smart technology | The Daily Star: The effect of urbanisation is two-fold. On one hand, it boosts development indicators such as economic growth, productivity and human development indexes and on the other hand, the intensifying of the tertiary industry results in more people shifting from the agriculture sector. This might result into a big threat for an agri-dependent country like Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, where agriculture is still a major source of income for 14 million farming households, lack of access to information, along with various other factors demand immediate attention. One cannot stress enough on the need for information regarding agriculture which is vital for farmers to make informed decisions.

Farming UK | News | Farm defenders lock down to halt farmland destruction in the East Bay | USA

Farming UK | News | Farm defenders lock down to halt farmland destruction in the East Bay | USA: Last week, contractors with the UC administration began construction work on the southern portion of the Gill Tract, a historical farm sold to the University of California in 1928 under the condition it would be used for agricultural research and education. Contractors using a bulldozer, a backhoe, and an excavator began removing the valuable topsoil this week - until a group of farm defenders locked down onto the machinery to stop construction.

Lawmakers At Odds Over Farmland Buffer Zones | KNSI News in St. Cloud, Minnesota

Lawmakers At Odds Over Farmland Buffer Zones | KNSI News in St. Cloud, Minnesota: Gov. Mark Dayton is telling environmental officials to back off private ditches as they start enforcing a new law to boost water quality.

Passing stronger requirements for so-called buffers between crops and waterways was a major flashpoint at the Capitol last year.

Concern about implementing those setbacks along private ditches kept the controversy alive.

ISU researchers find portions of Iowa farmland losing money | Ames Tribune

ISU researchers find portions of Iowa farmland losing money | Ames Tribune: By Julie Erickson
Staff Writer
jerickson@amestrib.com
While some patches of farmland across the state may have been losing money over the years, higher grain prices may have helped farmers recover from the loss.

But as grain prices have dropped in recent years, agronomists at Iowa State University say farmers could be looking for new ways to use land once saved for corn and soybeans.

“We found that profitability from corn and soybean fields in Iowa has dropped dramatically between 2011 and 2015,” said Elke Brandes, a postdoctoral research associate in agronomy and lead author of the study. “These low-yielding areas have increased in the past decade, mainly due to the corn ethanol boom, when farmers planted more of their marginal land in row crop. The high grain prices compensated for these low yields in the past, but with the prices staying low, high profits are no longer achieved.”