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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Outlook: How Long Will the Bear Cycle Last? | Agweb.com

Outlook: How Long Will the Bear Cycle Last? | Agweb.com: While traveling around the Midwest this winter, it’s obvious producers are watching the market’s every move. I sense there’s still a lot of unpriced inventory on the farm and very little of the anticipated 2016 crop has been priced. Farmers are all asking the same question: How long are prices going to stay down?

Drop in farmland acres, increase in farm size - Texas Farm Bureau

Drop in farmland acres, increase in farm size - Texas Farm Bureau: A recent report shows a million-acre drop in farmland acres and an increase in farm size. It’s a slow-moving, but consistent trend, according to AgWeb.

The report, Farms and Land in Farms 2015 Summary, was released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

It shows the number of farms decreased by 18,000 and farm acres went down 1 million acres from 2014.

Study: Most Urban Farmers Have Social Mission, Aren't Making Living - CityLab

Study: Most Urban Farmers Have Social Mission, Aren't Making Living - CityLab: A new type of agriculture has recently taken shape in American cities. Vacant properties and high-rise rooftops are morphing into farms, yielding fresh produce and honey, and exposing urban dwellers to the once strictly rural activity of food production. But sadly (and perhaps nor surprisingly), it might be a passing fad.

Dodging Wind Farms and Bullets in the Arctic

Dodging Wind Farms and Bullets in the Arctic: A lone reindeer emerges�from the forest, prompting the Sami herders to bring their snowmobiles to a stop in the middle of a clearing. All three�are bundled in sheepskin hats and wool capes, called�luhka,�against the chill wind of a late-January morning in the Norwegian Arctic.�

Recoupling crops and livestock offers energy savings to Northeast dairy farmers

Recoupling crops and livestock offers energy savings to Northeast dairy farmers: For Pennsylvania dairy farmers, producing feed grain on-farm requires significantly less energy than importing it from the Midwest, according to Penn State researchers whose findings may help dairy farmers save energy and money in the face of rising feed costs.

South Africa farms may need $1.15 billion rand to recover from drought -industry group - Yahoo News

South Africa farms may need $1.15 billion rand to recover from drought -industry group - Yahoo News: South Africa's farming sector may need up to 18 billion rand ($1 billion) over the next three years in financial assistance to recover from a devastating drought, industry group Agri SA said on Wednesday.

Successful Farming G... | Policy News | Agriculture

Successful Farming G... | Policy News | Agriculture: Fernando Fumes Monzote is starting his own Cuban revolution – in the soil.
As an academic now turned farmer, Monzote (shown at left) is not interested in a revolution such as the one that overthrew the Cuban government in 1959. He’s interested in changing how this island country farms and how it can sustain its people with food and a life on the land. “I am here today as a farmer, after 20 years in the academic sector,” he says.
Monzote shared his farm with Successful Farming magazine and a touring delegation, including agricultural companies, commodity association members, and government officials from the state of Iowa. He wants to start a relationship and to expand trade between Cuba and the U.S. �

IICA launches climate-smart agriculture contest for Eastern C’bean states - News - JamaicaObserver.com

IICA launches climate-smart agriculture contest for Eastern C’bean states - News - JamaicaObserver.com: The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) yesterday announced that it has launched a competition that seeks to identify successful cases of climate-smart practices in the Caribbean.

It said the competition, titled ‘Climate Smart Agriculture: Stories from Farmers in the Eastern Caribbean States’, is open to organisations in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Weather conditions in South America continue to be ideal for most areas. Many analysts are nudging up soybean production in Brazil and Argentina. Crop conditions for safrina corn crop are supportive for growth as Brazilian farmers are running ahead on their planting pace.

Wall Street steady after Super Tuesday

Wall Street steady after Super Tuesday: U.S. stock index futures indicated a narrowly lower open on Wednesday as investors digested a global rally in risk assets and a big night for U.S. politics.

European and Asian markets pushed higher after a stellar rally on Wall Street on Tuesday. Stocks surged in the U.S. Tuesday, in the best start to a month in more than three years. The Dow closed up 2.1 percent at 16,865 and the S&P 500 bounced 2.4 percent to 1,978.

Equities were boosted by a few factors, including February ISM manufacturing data and oil, which rallied to close near the key $35 per barrel area. But investors are set to pause for breath on Wednesday.