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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Saturday Papers: Brexit fear hits farmland prices - Citywire Money

Saturday Papers: Brexit fear hits farmland prices - Citywire Money: 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.

Subsidy fears hit farmland | | The Times & The Sunday Times

Subsidy fears hit farmland | | The Times & The Sunday Times: English farmland values have seen their steepest falls since the credit crunch as investors worry about the possible loss of subsidies if Britain votes to leave the European Union. Prices dropped by 3 per cent to below �8,000 an acre in the three months to March, according to Knight Frank. Farmland has risen by nearly 180 per cent in the last decade.

Escondido couple launch agro-tourism farm | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

Escondido couple launch agro-tourism farm | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com: Ten years ago, David Solomon and Jessica Sanchez walked away from the corporate world for a simpler life with their children as urban farmers.

Now, at their newly renamed Terra Madre Gardens in Escondido, they hope to inspire other young families to find similar inspiration

Family Member To Share The History Of Ferris Acres Farms

Family Member To Share The History Of Ferris Acres Farms: Ferris Acres Farms, the historic dairy farm located on Sugar Street, has become a familiar landmark in the town not only for its handsome herd of black and white Holstein cows but also for its roadside ice creamery that opened in 2004.

Elveden Farms to become research hub for potato growers - Farming - Eastern Daily Press

Elveden Farms to become research hub for potato growers - Farming - Eastern Daily Press: The Elveden Estate, on the Norfolk-Suffolk border near Thetford, has become the nation’s second Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm – a project co-ordinated by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s potatoes division (AHDB Potatoes).

SPot Farms are a “knowledge exchange” concept designed to demonstrate the benefits of levy-funded research and development within a practical, commercial environment, through a series of demonstrations and open days.

Cold weather could be harmful to local farms | WWLP.com

Cold weather could be harmful to local farms | WWLP.com: Apple farmers are worried their crop could be hurt by the late season cold weather. The warmer weather earlier in the season signaled the apple trees to begin budding sooner.

However,�our recent cold-spell is now hurting those buds and other flowering trees.

At Atkins Farms in Amherst they told 22News they’ll have to wait until the growing season in May to find out how their apple trees have been affected.�They said right now, they’re more concerned about their peaches.

A model for digital agriculture | ETH Zurich

A model for digital agriculture | ETH Zurich: The industrialisation of agriculture began some 100 years ago; today we are witnessing its digitalisation. But the wave of Big Data may sweep farmers off their land unless they prepare their fields and mark out a course in good time. Only then digital agriculture can address the right questions.

Not your grandma's farm share: Community-supported agriculture businesses think outside the veggie box | OregonLive.com

Not your grandma's farm share: Community-supported agriculture businesses think outside the veggie box | OregonLive.com: Adelante Mujeres farmers kept hearing that the people who bought their weekly produce boxes were throwing away the chiles they packed in there. The habaneros that Ontoniel Del Real grows were too spicy for some customers.

Del Real is a Mexican immigrant who is farming a small plot of land, with the hopes he can eventually turn that into his full-time career on a bigger farm with his wife and kids. But, for now, he sells the habaneros, tomatoes, mustard leaves, pumpkins and lemon cucumbers -- his specialty -- through the non-profit Adelante Mujeres. The Forest Grove-based nonprofit helps Latin American immigrant farmers get started on their own agricultural businesses and distribute their produce through several channels, one of the biggest being the community-supported agriculture model.

Why It's Critical to Cultivate Agriculture in Angola

Why It's Critical to Cultivate Agriculture in Angola: Angola has the resources to become one of the leading agricultural countries in Africa, reports the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agriculture Service. And once upon a time, it was.

Look up Angola and agriculture on Wikipedia and you’ll see that Angola’s history involved a flourishing tradition of family-based farming. The country was self-sufficient in all major food crops except wheat. Angola exported coffee and maize, in addition to other crops including sisal, bananas, sugar cane, cassava and cotton. In fact, coffee was once Angola’s leading export and was considered among the best in the world.