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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Tama County farm ground dips to under $8,000 per acre in avg. value - TamaToledoNews.com | news, information, Iowa, Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Tama County farm ground dips to under $8,000 per acre in avg. value - TamaToledoNews.com | news, information, Iowa, Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald: Farm ground in Tama County was down 6.72 percent in value to $7,985 per acre according to the 2015 Farmland Value Survey conducted by the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development in the Economics Department at Iowa State University and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The annual report on Iowa land values has been made since 1941.

The survey and past records show this is the second year in a row for a decrease in price in Tama County. The 2014 average value for Tama County was $8,560 per acre.

Farmland in the south east is worth more than anywhere else in Ireland - Agriland

Farmland in the south east is worth more than anywhere else in Ireland - Agriland: Farmland�in the south east of the country is worth more than land anywhere else in Ireland, new figures from Sherry FitzGerald and DTZ Sherry FitzGerald show.

Kane County farmland owners face good news/bad news scenario | Kane County Chronicle

Kane County farmland owners face good news/bad news scenario | Kane County Chronicle: There is good news and bad news facing Kane County farmland owners this year.

How is Agriculture Affected by Rising Interest Rates?

How is Agriculture Affected by Rising Interest Rates?: Right before the holiday season, the U.S. Federal Reserve decided to increase the benchmark interest rate for the first in time over a decade. The slight increase was widely expected and came when the economy was regularly adding jobs and in much stronger condition than during the depths of the Great Recession.

Even with the hike, rates still remain historically low. More so, a hike represents the start to a return to normalcy, after interest rates were pushed down to near zero roughly seven years ago.

GIZ – Farmers Receive Training on Climate Smart Agriculture Practices | GOV.gd

GIZ – Farmers Receive Training on Climate Smart Agriculture Practices | GOV.gd: As part of a Program on Integrated Climate Change Adaptation Strategies (ICCAS), the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) designed a training programme on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA).

This Capacity Development and Dissemination program for CSA, engaged agricultural technical officers in the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, the Ministry of Carriacou, Petite Martinique, the Marketing and National Importing Board, the Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association and the Grenada Cocoa Association.

The first phase of the training programme, which was implemented in cooperation with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) came to an end with the closing ceremony on February 10th 2016.

The objective of the training was to disseminate knowledge on CSA within the agricultural sector through the GIZ developed Modules of Sustainable Agriculture. The training also included a demonstration on how to build a compost bin over a 10 week period, using Mr. Winston Ottley’s farm in Mt. Cassell, St. Andrew’s as the pilot.

Reuters - Italy's mafia harvests big gains from agriculture

Reuters - Italy's mafia harvests big gains from agriculture: Italy’s mafia has infiltrated huge swathes of the country’s agriculture and food business, earning more than 16 billion euros ($6.7 billion) in 2015 from the industry, according to a study released on Wednesday.

The report by Italy’s agricultural association, Coldiretti, the Eurispes think-tank and Agro-Food Criminal Observatory said organised criminals were taking advantage of the prolonged economic downturn to seize control of farmland and firms.

“They are creating a crisis for the image of Italian food in the world, they are putting the health of consumers at risk and putting our environment at risk,” said the head of Coldiretti, Roberto Moncalvo.

Scalia's death could affect agriculture cases

Scalia's death could affect agriculture cases: The�next Supreme Court justice could play a decisive role in key agricultural issues pertaining�to water and land rights....

The fight to keep Australia's farms

The fight to keep Australia's farms

Groups start organizing promotional efforts on corporate farming referral | Grand Forks Herald

Groups start organizing promotional efforts on corporate farming referral | Grand Forks Herald: The 2015 North Dakota Legislature passed a bill exempting dairy- and hog-farming operations from the state’s ban on corporate-owned farms. The bill was the subject of a referral petition drive spearheaded by North Dakota Farmers Union.

Assembly passes bill making it easier for fish farms to divert rivers | Politics and Elections | host.madison.com

Assembly passes bill making it easier for fish farms to divert rivers | Politics and Elections | host.madison.com: The Assembly passed a bill 63-35 along party lines that would make it easier for fish farms to divert rivers and eliminate wetlands....

Emergency water pipeline saves South Gippsland dairy farms

Emergency water pipeline saves South Gippsland dairy farms: A looming South Gippsland farming disaster has been averted thanks to the ingenuity of a small group of farmers,�the good will of their neighbours and the local water company.

Facing one of the driest years on record, and with dry clay or mud at the bottom of their dams, coastal dairy farmers in the region desperately needed water for their 2500 thirsty cows.

Inverloch dairy farmer Mick Hughes barely had any stock water left for his 460 cows and was wrestling with questions of survival.

Scalia's Vacant Chair Leaves Ag Issues in Limbo | Agweb.com

Scalia's Vacant Chair Leaves Ag Issues in Limbo | Agweb.com: The unexpected death of U.S.�Supreme Court Justice�Antonin Scalia is expected to affect everywhere from Capitol Hill to farm country.�

Scalia, who died�Saturday while on a hunting trip in Texas, was appointed to the�court in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan. His empty chair leaves the Supreme Court evenly divided between four conservative justices and four liberal justices, which could have ramifications for many cases pending before the high court--including a handful with direct connections to agriculture.�

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are slightly lower on a back and fill day. Outside markets are firmer with stock indices and crude oil leading the way higher.

Weather is not the driver supplying underling support as Argentina and Brazil have had good rains with more on tap. Brazil’s harvest is progressing and yields being reported are very good.

Traders are saying yesterday’s late session rally was technical in nature as March Corn rallied 2 cent in the last few minutes with over 11,000 contracts trading.