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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Reclaimed farmland project helps revive local legends (From Campaign Series)

Reclaimed farmland project helps revive local legends (From Campaign Series): MEMBERS of the public are now able to walk where once a hermit - and it is said, at least two ghosts - trod.

Four acres of shrub between Troed-yr-Rhiw Farm, Wattsville and the site of two old reservoirs, has been reclaimed by Mr Tony Edwards,72, whose family has farmed the land for centuries.

Rural Visions: Grace Farms and Rural Studio

Rural Visions: Grace Farms and Rural Studio: On a brilliant, crisp Saturday in late winter, I went with friends to New Canaan, Connecticut, to visit the New York area’s latest architectural pilgrimage site, Grace Farms.

Salvation Farms' Programs Turn Surplus Into Plenty | Food Drink Features | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Salvation Farms' Programs Turn Surplus Into Plenty | Food Drink Features | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice: Fourteen percent of Vermonters go hungry on a regular basis; one in four routinely visits a food shelf or meal-service site. Meanwhile, thousands of pounds of edible fruits and vegetables are plowed back into the fields on Vermont farms each year.

Agriculture Stocks Rally Amid Grain Price Surge in Chicago | Agweb.com

Agriculture Stocks Rally Amid Grain Price Surge in Chicago | Agweb.com: Deere & Co. and Monsanto Co. were among North American agricultural stocks that climbed Tuesday as a jump in commodity prices prompted speculation that farmers will increase spending on fertilizer, seeds and machinery.

Deere, the world’s largest farm-equipment maker, gained 5.2 percent to $8.36 at the close in New York, the biggest increase in six months. Monsanto, the largest seed company, climbed 4.8 percent while fertilizer producers Mosaic Co.,�Potash Corp. and CF Industries Holdings Inc. also advanced.

House panel approves agriculture, energy spending bills | TheHill

House panel approves agriculture, energy spending bills | TheHill: The House Appropriations Committee voted Tuesday to approve bills to fund the Agriculture and Energy departments and the Army Corps of Engineers.

In an all-day markup, the panel considered numerous amendments to both the agriculture and the energy and water bills, eventually passing both on voice votes.

The agriculture bill, at $147.7 billion, had bipartisan support, although the Democrats tried — with mixed results — to change several provisions regarding Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules, food stamps and other policies.

More Americans Say Real Estate Is Best Long-Term Investment

More Americans Say Real Estate Is Best Long-Term Investment: Real estate, already Americans' top pick as the "best long-term investment" for the last two years, has increased its lead over four other investment choices. Thirty-five percent of Americans now choose real estate, compared with 22% for stocks and mutual funds, 17% for gold, 15% for savings accounts/CDs and 7% for bonds.

Choosing a real estate agent? Three reasons to go with a seller's agent. - CSMonitor.com

Choosing a real estate agent? Three reasons to go with a seller's agent. - CSMonitor.com: If you’re selling your home, you should expect a list of expenses. The commission you pay the seller’s agent is usually one of the biggest, around 6% of your home’s selling price.�This pays�for the valuable work your seller’s agent, also known as a listing�agent, does for you: preparing the home, marketing it, showing it to potential buyers and helping you through the selling process....

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are mixed with soybeans seeing some profit taking while corn and wheat grind higher. Crude is lower as Kuwait oil workers go back to work.

The attitude of ownership has changed dramatically from late February. Currently May soybeans have rallied $1.31 from the low made on March 2. May corn has rallied $.39 from the low made on April 1 and May wheat has rallied $.42 from the low made on April 11.

Trade is giving several reasons for this change in attitude. The initial cause started with the US Dollar weakening against other currencies. This encouraged investors and funds to start buying. After all the bearish USDA grain data was released in late March the focus turned to a “weather market”