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Friday, April 01, 2016

'No One Expected the Magnitude of What USDA Reported' | Agweb.com

'No One Expected the Magnitude of What USDA Reported' | Agweb.com: USDA knocked everyone’s socks off �Thursday�with the corn estimates in its annual�Prospective Planting report. "No one �expected the magnitude of what USDA reported," said�Pro Farmer Editor Brian Grete on Friday's Pro Farmer Profit Briefing.�

Romania may change the rules EU residents looking to buy farmland

Romania may change the rules EU residents looking to buy farmland: Foreigners from EU countries and those residing in Romania may be entitled to buy farmland located in towns or villages (intravilan), as well as woodland, according to a draft bill initiated by several Romanian MPs.

“Game changer” looms for central Illinois farmland | The Community Word

“Game changer” looms for central Illinois farmland | The Community Word: Winter could transition to spring this year with major change on the farm horizon. Or change could start next year, but regardless of the timing, a major economic reshuffling of ag acreage is fermenting.

“A game changer” is how farm manager Rob Woodrow describes a new pricing strategy that could provide the needed impetus to push thousands of acres of farmland from chemical to organic practices.

Woodrow and his partner Kent Kraft, Farmland Solutions LLC, manage about 40,000 acres in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. About 25,000 acres of that is in Scully land trusts, and the Scully beneficiaries all have interest in organics.

Haslam names Jai Templeton agriculture commissioner

Haslam names Jai Templeton agriculture commissioner: Gov. Bill Haslam announced Thursdaythe appointment of Jai Templeton, a sixth-generation Tennessee farmer, as commissioner of the Department of Agriculture effective May 1. Templeton will replace Julius Johnson,�who last week announced his retirement, according to a press release.

Minnesota farm incomes reach a 20-year low - StarTribune.com

Minnesota farm incomes reach a 20-year low - StarTribune.com: Farmers hauled in a record amount of corn and other crops last year, but declining prices hurt the pocketbook, with average farm incomes hitting a 20-year low in inflation-adjusted dollars.

It was a tough year for both crop farms and livestock producers, according to a report released Thursday by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and University of Minnesota Extension.

Feds to announce water allotment for some California farms - KSBY.com | San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Area News

Feds to announce water allotment for some California farms - KSBY.com | San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Area News: Federal officials will say how much water some California farmers can expect to receive this year in one of the nation's most productive agricultural regions.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's announcement on Friday affects San Joaquin Valley farmers, spanning California's interior from Stockton to Bakersfield. It is home to about one-third of California's farmland.

Some California farms getting full water supplies | The Press Democrat

Some California farms getting full water supplies | The Press Democrat: any California farmers and other water customers expect to receive all of their requested deliveries this year from a vast system of canals and reservoirs run by the federal government, while others will likely receive a fraction as the state recovers from several years of drought, officials said Friday.

Farms and water customers in the state's northern Central Valley will receive their full water supplies provided by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Last year, those farmers received no water, and communities got a one-quarter of their contracted supplies.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are lower with the soy complex getting support from firm product markets. The Macro markets are quiet, waiting for the employment data at 7:30 this morning.

With the Prospective Planting Report behind us the weather conditions of too hot, too cold, too wet or too dry will become a market influencer.