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Monday, February 01, 2016

Continue working to protect agriculture | Opinion | missoulian.com

Continue working to protect agriculture | Opinion | missoulian.com: Two weeks ago, the Board of Missoula County Commissioners adopted the foundation of an agricultural policy for Missoula County. The testimony we received, whether through public hearings or within the many letters and comments sent, was moving and reinforced the community value of preserving agriculture and agricultural soils. This process further reiterated the diversity of agricultural operations in Missoula County and the unique challenges those operations face.

Farming is a public service and we need more of it, says TedX talker Lindsey Lusher Shute | cleveland.com

Farming is a public service and we need more of it, says TedX talker Lindsey Lusher Shute | cleveland.com: Lindsey Lusher Shute�returns to Ohio next weekend to give the keynote address at the annual meeting of the�Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association in Granville. She farms with her husband, who is a self-taught grower, and she now leads the National Young Farmers Coalition, a group that hopes to make the career of farming more possible for more people. She answered a few questions and a follow-up by email this week.

Farmland Prices to Keep Holding Steady, Economist Says

Farmland Prices to K... | Business News | Agriculture: Home / News / Business news / Farmland Prices to Keep Holding Steady, Economist Says

Farmland Prices to Keep Holding Steady, Economist Says
Anna McConnell
02/01/2016 @ 10:23am
Predicting that U.S. interest rates will go up in the next few years, real estate economist Mark Dotzour feels bullish about farmland prices.
“The best investment you can make is in something you know about,” said Dotzour. “If you love farmland, no wonder you want to buy it.”
Dotzour is feeling confident that farmland prices will remain steady without much of a drop “simply because the other investment opportunities are not too exciting,” he said. In terms of investing in stocks and bonds, Dotzour understands the reluctance.
When the economist looks at other countries and the way they are dealing with economic struggles, he is grateful that the U.S. isn’t printing money like China or Japan seems to be.
“We are in challenging times, and our economy is growing faster and stronger than ever,” said an optimistic Dotzour.

Hertz Real Estate Services | Auction Calendar

Hertz Real Estate Services | Auction Calendar

Retirement Planning With Land | Agweb.com

Retirement Planning With Land | Agweb.com: Farmers tend to view their farmland as a retirement asset. When you’re ready to slow down, the thinking goes, simply rent out your ground or sell it and use the profits to fund costs such as health care needs or a new RV.�

There might be another option: investing in farmland with a self-directed individual retirement account (IRA). Unlike other types of retirement accounts, self-directed IRAs allow you to buy assets beyond stocks and bonds, such as farmland.�

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are lower as investors are concerned about weak Chinese economic data, Russia holding exports, and the prospects for a large South American harvest.