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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Real Reason a Million Acres of America's Farmland Disappeared Last Year | Gizmodo India

The Real Reason a Million Acres of America's Farmland Disappeared Last Year | Gizmodo India: One million acres of farmland basically vanished from the United States last year alone. Was it due to the weird weather, condo uberplexes, a blip in the space-time continuum? Nope, it's something else entirely: the fundamental realities of farming.
A new federal report out this week pinned the loss of American farmland in 2015 over a million acres. In the same period, 18,000 farms disappeared. At the same time, huge farms are getting bigger and bigger-This is all part of a trend that's been going on for at least the last eight years.

Longtime growers to sell 1,025 acres of their Grant County farmland -- MOSES LAKE, Wash., Feb. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Longtime growers to sell 1,025 acres of their Grant County farmland -- MOSES LAKE, Wash., Feb. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --: After 32 years of growing potatoes and other crops in Grant County, Ron and Robin Fode are now preparing to trim back their operations and will offer approximately 1,025 acres of their rich farmland – most of which is irrigated – at auction.

Chuck Yarbro Auctioneers Inc. will conduct the event, in cooperation with Schrader Real Estate and Auction Company.

Haiti Episcopal college prepares students for agriculture, agribusiness | The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana

Haiti Episcopal college prepares students for agriculture, agribusiness | The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana: On a recent February morning a young Haitian man riding high on a John Deere tractor tilled the fields, readying them for the first planting of the year at the St. Barnabas Center for Agriculture, an Episcopal college located on 475 acres of fertile coastal plain in northern Haiti.
As the tractor turned over the dark, clay soil, preparing it for planting, two young men worked to patch a crack in a cement water tank, two others pulled weeds from a carrot patch, and another two used blue and green plastic watering cans to hand-water beets, carrots and leafy greens growing in test plots and the seedlings coming to life in the greenhouse. Another young man drove cattle across the back of the property, while others continued to clear more land for the tractor and future planting.

Investors flock to food and agriculture technology | Grist

Investors flock to food and agriculture technology | Grist: A new report from�AgFunder (an online venture capital middleman) presents evidence of a�surge of private money going into food and farm technologies. In 2015, investors put $4.6 billion into the field, up from $2.3 billion in 2014. That’s a good thing for the environment, mostly.

I include that�“mostly” caveat because the biggest chunk of that money went to food e-commerce — and getting your groceries delivered, or buying takeout with 3 percent higher efficiency, is probably not going to improve the world. But it’s heartening to see the AgFunder people write that “we think that the food e-commerce sector continues to be overheated against a backdrop of questionable unit economics and increasing competition.”

US agriculture will see $4.4B boost from Pacific trade deal | TheHill

US agriculture will see $4.4B boost from Pacific trade deal | TheHill: U.S. agriculture will experience substantial benefits from a sweeping Asia-Pacific trade agreement and is urging Congress to quickly pass the agreement, according to a new economic analysis released on Tuesday.

The American Farm Bureau Federation's new report�concludes that congressional passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement would boost the bottom line for the nation's farmers by $4.4 billion over levels expected if Congress fails to ratify the deal between the United States and 11 other nations.

City-by-city look at U.S. house prices in December - MarketWatch

City-by-city look at U.S. house prices in December - MarketWatch: U.S. home prices were steady in December, but home values in 2015 ran well ahead of inflation on jobs growth and low inventories, according to data released Tuesday.

Analysts Discuss Acreage, Weather | Agweb.com

Analysts Discuss Acreage, Weather | Agweb.com: “We already know that winter wheat acres are down 3 million … and our thought is that spring wheat will down about another million,” said analyst Dustin Johnson of Ag Yield, speaking on U.S. Farm Report. “The acres that (have been) lost aren’t great corn- and bean-growing ground, so we could see some of it go to corn and beans, but I think a lot of it will go to sorghum as well.”

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are slightly lower in a very narrow trading range. Outside markets are back peddling on turnaround Tuesday.

Corn and soybean futures remain in a trading range with many looking for the USDA Ag Forum to provide some further excitement for a rally. South American rains have provided some short covering in corn but are met with enough farmer selling to stall the rally.

There is more talk of a hotter/dryer growing season in the US which provides support on price weakness keeping grains in a narrow range. This trading range may exist until planters start rolling.