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Saturday, April 02, 2016

100 percent water allocation will boost farmland production - Appeal-Democrat: News

100 percent water allocation will boost farmland production - Appeal-Democrat: News: Sacramento Valley water users will receive a full allocation from the Central Valley Project, a development that will likely put tens of thousands of acres of farmland back into production after several years of water supply cutbacks due to the drought.
Settlement contractors, water service contractors and municipal and industrial users north of the Delta all received a 100 percent allocation. Wildlife refuges will receive 100 percent of their level two allocation, which is about 65 percent of the full amount they are able to receive in a year, according to Friday's announcement from the Bureau of Reclamation.

Mormon-Owned Ranch Balances Agriculture and Conservation in Central Florida

Mormon-Owned Ranch Balances Agriculture and Conservation in Central Florida: Long before the Orlando International Airport, the Space Coast (the area around Kennedy Space Center) and Disney World were on the map in central Florida, a cattle ranch and agricultural operation with Mormon ties was working to protect Florida’s ecosystem.

Deseret Cattle and Citrus, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has been going strong for 65 years. This commercial farming and ranching operation is situated on about 295,000 acres in parts of three Florida counties between Orlando and Melbourne.

Agriculture: The Next M&A Growth Sector? - Forbes

Agriculture: The Next M&A Growth Sector? - Forbes: When analyzing M&A trends in agriculture, there are two main sub-sectors to focus on: 1) farming; and 2) agribusiness, which includes companies that make fertilizer, insecticides, chemicals and seeds. Historically, the real action has been in the latter and there’s been tremendous consolidation whereby only a handful of players dominate the industry. Trends in the former, however, suggest that farming may soon become a hotbed of M&A activity.

Agriculture is UK's fastest growing subject – and a smart career choice | Education | The Guardian

Agriculture is UK's fastest growing subject – and a smart career choice | Education | The Guardian: Agriculture is now the fastest growing subject at UK universities, with a 4.6% increase in student numbers last year, according to the environment minister Elizabeth Truss. There are now more than 19,000 people studying it and related subjects.

As a farming graduate, this sudden growth doesn’t surprise me. I studied at Harper Adams University (HAU), which specialises in agri-food and rural studies. In 2013-14, 96% of students who graduated from HAU and its associated colleges were employed or in education six months after completing their course.