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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Avoid Risky Business - News | Farm Journal Legacy Project

Avoid Risky Business - News | Farm Journal Legacy Project: All family businesses have conflict. � How a family responds to conflict is usually the marker between success and failure of the business. Hoping the conflict will go away or waiting for death, divorce or the economy to�resolve issues rarely works. However, confronting the issues even though it’s hard work can lead to a stronger family and healthier business.

If you’re in succession transition or starting a family business, it’s essential to spend time and effort confronting the issues and locating their source. As family members work together, they often experience angry outbursts, long silences, poor communication or awkward family gatherings. �

U.S. Farm Exports to... | Business News | Agriculture

U.S. Farm Exports to... | Business News | Agriculture: U.S. farm exports will tumble to $125 billion this year, down 10% from 2015 and the lowest sales total since 2010, USDA said in an updated forecast. Smaller sales to China accounts for one-third of the estimated decline of $14.7 billion in U.S. exports from last year.
"In general, strong competition and reduced demand have contributed to falling U.S. export sales," said USDA chief economist Robert Johansson at USDA's annual Ag Outlook Forum. "However, much of the reduction in value this year compared to FY2015 is due to lower prices for grain and feed exports."
Canada would replace China as the number one export market for U.S. crops and livestock for the first time since 2010, with imports forecast for $20.8 billion this year. China and Mexico would tie for second place at around $17.5 billion. In 2015, China bought $22.5 billion of U.S. ag exports.

Russia to up grain production 25% by 2030 - Agriculture ministry — RT Business

Russia to up grain production 25% by 2030 - Agriculture ministry — RT Business: The Russian agriculture ministry is predicting grain production will increase by 25 percent over the next fifteen years to 130 million tons as a part of the strategic development of the cereals market.
Growth will come from expanding the areas current planted with grain. Cropped fields are expected to increase to 49 million hectares (490,000 sq km) as opposed to the current 46 million. The average yield is projected at 2.74 tons per hectare from the current 2.36.

Nevada agriculture rebounds while international demand struggles | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KRNV

Nevada agriculture rebounds while international demand struggles | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KRNV: University of Nevada cooperative extension hosted the Nevada Agriculture Outlook Thursday. Experts had two main focuses: how international and national markets influence local prices, and after years of drought how the supply and demand will shift due to a wet winter.

Nicklaus: Monsanto places its bets on the future of agriculture : Business

Nicklaus: Monsanto places its bets on the future of agriculture : Business

Number of farms in Virginia declines

Number of farms in Virginia declines: Recent statistics put out by the Va. Dept. of Agriculture show a drop in the number of farms and amount of farmland across the commonwealth..

In 2015, the total number of farms in the state decreased by 1,200 from the previous year.

Total farmland also shrunk by 100,000 acres last year.

The average farm size in Virginia increased by about two acres.

Some local farmers think the numbers could be the result of the increasing age of farmers, who might have retired or sold their land.

The influence of urban areas might have also had an impact on the drop in farms, something that is likely more noticeable in other parts of the state.

Farmland market to remain stable | The Scottish Farmer

Farmland market to remain stable | The Scottish Farmer: But despite this jump in availability, the overall supply of farmland is still relatively constrained, according to the latest research from land agents Savills.

The firm's Jamie Wedderspoon said: "Following a long period of uncertainty, which has been fuelled by a poor economy, CAP changes and impending land reform, advertised farmland supply is now back to 2013 levels. However, we still remain in a period of historically low supply which continues to support the prices that are being achieved in Scotland."

Pennsylvania protects additional 27 Farms in nation-leading farmland preservation program | February 26, 2016 | www.pabusinesscentral.com | PA Business Central / Marcellus Business Central / PA Business Woman

Pennsylvania protects additional 27 Farms in nation-leading farmland preservation program | February 26, 2016 | www.pabusinesscentral.com | PA Business Central / Marcellus Business Central / PA Business Woman: High-quality farmland in 18 Pennsylvania counties will remain in agricultural production thanks to the state’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board. During today’s meeting, the board took action to safeguard 2,412 additional acres on 27 farms through the state’s nation- leading farmland preservation program.

Since the program began in 1988, federal, state, county and local governments have invested more than $1.3 billion to preserve 518,827 acres on 4,919 farms in 57 counties for future agricultural production.

The board approved a $31 million state funding threshold for 2016 easement purchases. Counties across Pennsylvania have certified $14.1 million for farmland preservation in 2016. Between state and county funding, $45 million will be invested in Pennsylvania farmland in 2016. Additional land will be preserved through nonprofits and bargain sales, where owners of farmland agree to receive less than fair market value for the lands’ development rights.

Farmers need to stop treating soil like dirt: Buffett | Farms.com

Farmers need to stop treating soil like dirt: Buffett | Farms.com: During the United States Department of Agriculture’s annual outlook forum, Howard Buffett, son of billionaire Warren Buffett turned heads yesterday when he said farmers should practice crop diversification and be better environmental stewards to avoid more government intervention.

During a joint presentation with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Buffett said proof of care for resources needs to be shown.