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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

GroupGAP Offers Affordable Certification Option for Small and Mid-sized Farms | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

GroupGAP Offers Affordable Certification Option for Small and Mid-sized Farms | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition: After three years in pilot stage the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) this week announced that GroupGAP, a new certification option ideal for small and mid-sized farms, will be available nationwide.

GAP (short for “good agricultural practices) certification is a USDA audit program through which producers can demonstrate their compliance with food safety requirements to purchasers and retailers. Historically, GAP certification has been out of reach for many small and mid-sized farms and beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers because of the price. GroupGAP provides a long-awaited alternative option, wherein grower groups, farmer coops, and food collaboratives can share the certification cost by pooling together.

Big farms to reap dividends from listing surge | WeeklyTimesNow

Big farms to reap dividends from listing surge | WeeklyTimesNow: SEVERAL �large southeast Australian farms have hit the market, attracting interest from Asian firms, local corporates and traditional farming families.

Thriving Mildura family farm SS Citrus, a 303ha export-focused production and packing business, is expected to attract more than $16 million on a walk-in walk-out basis.

SS Citrus has 187ha of established citrus, pomegranate and avocado orchards and Murray River water entitlements, which CBRE agent Peter Ryan said could support a 30 per cent increase in orchard size.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are mostly steady to lower. The equity markets retreat from the 2016 rally while the US Dollar firms and crude oil remains weak.

Traders continue to talk about the surprise in corn planting verses soybeans on last week’s report. The soybean/corn price relationship has moved to levels encouraging soybean planting over corn since then. �Our chief strategist, Rich Nelson compared years where there was a large jump in corn acres on the March report and found that the last three times this happened the USDA reported more corn acres planted on the June 30 report. Bottom line there are several weeks before planting is ultimately decided and weather and finances will no doubt play a part in the end results.