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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Citrus soil still rich in farming | ChronicleOnline.com

Citrus soil still rich in farming | ChronicleOnline.com: Farming times sure have changed in Citrus County.

The number of farms are up but acreage is down.

People are moving from the cities to buy “mini farms” in Citrus, tracts of 20 acres or less for cattle, chickens or horses.

Over the years some of the largest chunks of farmland were sold to developers. Expensive homes now dot the landscape that was once scattered with watermelon.

Citrus County’s landmark farming family names — Rooks, Stokes, Bellamy, among others — continue to work the farms just as their grandparents did. Others, through age or economics, have subdivided the land and moved on.

Data making farming a matter of precision - Journal-Courier - myjournalcourier.com

Data making farming a matter of precision - Journal-Courier - myjournalcourier.com: Agriculture is a business of inches and acres.

The newest precision agriculture technology can help farmers precisely plow, plant, fertilize and harvest in the same narrow area year after year, maximizing their productivity and minimizing monetary and environmental expense. It can help farmers apply fertilizer only where it’s needed, avoid under or over-seeding difficult areas like irregular field edges, accurately measure the productivity of each part of a field, and utilize every square inch of land to generate a profit.

NASA Satellite Images Show Farmlands Across India On Fire As Farmers 'Slash And...

NASA Satellite Images Show Farmlands Across India On Fire As Farmers 'Slash And...: Instruments above the $8 billion Suomi NPP satellite detected "dozens of fires burning in India", outlined in red.

Northern Iowa sees bounty of agricultural jobs, few workers - The Eagle: Nation

Northern Iowa sees bounty of agricultural jobs, few workers - The Eagle: Nation: Employers in northern Iowa are trying to fill a bounty of agricultural jobs.
Local economic development officials are touting a series of jobs that are directly and indirectly related to farming. The list includes work in cooperatives, ethanol plants and feed mills, according to the Globe Gazette (http://bit.ly/1SouWV6 ).
"There are definitely agricultural sector jobs available," said Winnebago-Worth Betterment Corp. Director Teresa Nicholson.
Several ag-related businesses were ready to take applications last week at a regional career fair at North Iowa Area Community College and hire people.

Richter: Telephones linked farms to cities | Community | commercial-news.com

Richter: Telephones linked farms to cities | Community | commercial-news.com: There was a negative to obtaining a telephone on the farm in the early 1900s, it required a lot of poles to be sunk at the edge of the fields. Who was going to take them out if the new-fangled thing was a failure?

But telephones had been around a while, the first one had arrived in the county seat of Danville in 1879, and they seemed to be the coming thing.

There also was peer pressure from some of the farmer’s neighbors, so he welcomed the new century by having one installed. In a faded bill from the Vermilion County Telephone Company dated September 1909, his monthly charge was 10 cents. That was for one call that went through the Fithian exchange. If a call went through an exchange there was a charge.

2016 was one of the most difficult springs on dairy farms, but things are improving - Agriland

2016 was one of the most difficult springs on dairy farms, but things are improving - Agriland: One of the most difficult springs on record has put many dairy farmers under huge stress, according to Teagasc’s Jim Moyles.

The Teagasc Advisor told dairy farmers at a recent farm walk in Offaly that a low milk price, difficult grazing conditions and calving had all combined this spring to pile pressure on farmers.

Financial stress returns to agriculture arena - Columbia Daily Tribune | Columbia Missouri: Saturday Business

Financial stress returns to agriculture arena - Columbia Daily Tribune | Columbia Missouri: Saturday Business: In the 1980s, farm financial stress was severe. Farm income was low, debt rose to unsustainable levels and a wave of bankruptcies contributed to a crash in farmland values.

This is not the 1980s. The ratio of farm debts to farm assets is much lower now than it was in 1985. Interest rates are far lower, and very few farms are behind on debt payments.

Legal right to affordable broadband 'must cover all farms' - Farmers Weekly

Legal right to affordable broadband 'must cover all farms' - Farmers Weekly: Farmers and landowners have called on the government to end the urban-rural “digital divide” after it announced the first steps towards making it a legal requirement for access to superfast broadband for all by 2020.

Ethiopia to Miss 11% Growth Target as Drought Hurts Agriculture - Bloomberg Business

Ethiopia to Miss 11% Growth Target as Drought Hurts Agriculture - Bloomberg Business: Ethiopia’s economy will expand by between 7 percent and 10 percent this fiscal year, missing the government’s target, as a severe drought hurts agriculture.