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Friday, April 08, 2016

Program seeks farmland for wildlife habitat

Program seeks farmland for wildlife habitat: The Wisconsin Farm Service Agency is reminding farmers it has an allotted number of farmland acres in Wisconsin eligible for funding for wildlife habitat restoration.

The initiative, known as State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement, is part of the Conservation Reserve Program, a federally funded voluntary program that for 30 years has assisted farmers with the cost of restoring and enhancing certain grasses, shrubs and trees to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and reduce loss of wildlife habitat. In return, participants receive rental payments and cost-share assistance.

Farm Bureau Applauds Overhaul of Farmland Tax Formula | 93.1 WIBC

Farm Bureau Applauds Overhaul of Farmland Tax Formula | 93.1 WIBC: Farm groups are applauding a tax change they say will make their bills more predictable.

Farmland's tax value is calculated based on how productive the land was. But the state uses four-year-old figures. That means farmers are paying based on prices double what they're earning now.

The bill signed into law last month cuts the lag to two years. Indiana Farm Bureau president Randy Kron says that's the most recent information available. The bill authored by Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Chairman Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek) also guarantees increases in the base tax rate will stay in a range of 6-8%, depending on how good a year the grain markets have.

Rising cost of Metro Vancouver farmland drives up local food prices, says report | BC Business

Rising cost of Metro Vancouver farmland drives up local food prices, says report | BC Business: The rising price of agricultural land in Metro Vancouver is making farming less viable and increasing the cost of food, says the author of a new report commissioned by Vancity Credit Union.
“We can be really interested in local food, we can shop at a farmer’s market, but we actually need to care about the land use decisions that are made in our municipality,” says Brent Mansfield, director of the BC Food Systems Network. “We need to protect the farmland we have and we need to do all we can to make sure that it’s being actively farmed.”

English farmland prices hit by Brexit fears - FT.com

English farmland prices hit by Brexit fears - FT.com: English farmland has seen the steepest fall in its value since the financial crisis, as investors fret about the possibility of a loss of subsidies in the event of Brexit.
Values fell by 3 per cent in the three months to March in an index by Knight Frank, the estate agent, the largest quarterly drop since the end of 2008, ending a bull run of spectacular returns on farmland.

Heifer International’s Pierre Ferrari on sustaining small farms | GreenBiz

Heifer International’s Pierre Ferrari on sustaining small farms | GreenBiz: If you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for life — or so the adage goes.

This is the philosophy out of which the poverty and hunger-focused nonprofit Heifer International got its start in the 1940s. Heifer International connects low-income communities in impoverished regions around the globe to individual donors, whose aid comes in the form of livestock and training.

Bard MBA spoke to Heifer International President and CEO Pierre Ferrari about Heifer’s work to increase community capacity, partner with local governments and diversify its value chains.

Corbin ties together agriculture and urban lifestyle

Corbin ties together agriculture and urban lifestyle: A 40% downtown vacancy, five years ago, is today, at only 5%; but officials say, beneath those statistics, is a deeply rooted foundation of agriculture.

"What we've tried to do is bridge that gap as best as possible; to take the people that are dedicated to providing high quality local produce and meats, and connecting them to members of the community around them,” said Director of Downtown Corbin, Andy Salmons.

Workshop to connect military veterans to agriculture - Texas Farm Bureau

Workshop to connect military veterans to agriculture - Texas Farm Bureau: The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, in cooperation with the Texas AgrAbility Project and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will be holding two free “Battleground to Breaking Ground: A Transformation Journey” agricultural workshops to assistant current and former military in learning about starting, developing and funding an agricultural business.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are steady to higher. Crude oil is higher while US Dollar is steady.

US spring weather is beginning to have an effect on grains, corn especially. Wetness in the Delta and Southeast has trade concerned about corn planting progress. USDA will provide the first weekly progress reports on Monday afternoon. Argentina also has areas of too wet and Brazil's forecast is for dry conditions next week for the second crop corn.