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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Fewer Farms, Bigger Operations | Successful Farming

Fewer Farms, Bigger Operations | Successful Farming: Agricultural consolidation, under way for eight decades, is putting a seemingly ever-larger portion of U.S. farmland into the hands of large-scale operators. USDA estimates 376 million acres – 41.2% – of farmland was controlled by 8% of farmers last year. That’s an increase of 11 million acres in three years, when farmers with more than $500,000 in sales held a hair less than 40% of the land.

Solar Irrigation Pumps: A New Way of Agriculture in Bangladesh | End Poverty in South Asia

Solar Irrigation Pumps: A New Way of Agriculture in Bangladesh | End Poverty in South Asia: On a recent field trip to northern Bangladesh, the smiles of Habibur, a young man working in a rice field�under the scotching sun�caught my attention. Habibur, 28, looked content amidst the wide green vista of fields. �
I learned that his life had not been easy. His father died when Habibur was around four years old, and the family had no land. His young widowed mother started working as a day laborer to raise her only child. Habibur began working too in his mid-teens. Mother and son struggled, but they managed to save some money.� They first bought a cow, and later Habibur leased land for rice cultivation. This is a common practice in rural Bangladesh, where the yield is divided between the farmer and the owner of the land.

Planting Preview 2016: Farmers in Northeast Weigh Crops' Costs, Benefits | Agweb.com

Planting Preview 2016: Farmers in Northeast Weigh Crops' Costs, Benefits | Agweb.com: Low commodity prices, the fickleness of spring weather and the possibility of a hot, dry growing season are among the top concerns for farmers in Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania this year as planting approaches.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are mixed as wheat and soybean oil provide the support. Crude oil falls below 39.00 per barrel as US Dollar is steady. Traders are waiting for more USDA data.