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Monday, April 25, 2016

USDA says TPP Opens New Opportunities for U.S. Agriculture in Vietnam | KNEB – 960 AM, 94.1 The Brand & The Beet

USDA says TPP Opens New Opportunities for U.S. Agriculture in Vietnam | KNEB – 960 AM, 94.1 The Brand & The Beet: Secretary Vilsack traveled to Vietnam today to meet with his counterparts from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Industry and Trade, among others, to discuss the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

Vietnam remains one of the fastest-growing markets for U.S. food and agricultural products, with U.S. exports totaling $2.3 billion in 2015. That’s a 357 percent increase from 2007, the year Vietnam joined the World Trade Organization (WTO). Vietnam now ranks as the United States’ 11th-largest agricultural export market, with top products including cotton, tree nuts, soybeans, and dairy.

Oyster farms, shorebird vie for space on bay beaches

Oyster farms, shorebird vie for space on bay beaches: Oyster farming is the kind of business an environmentalist should love: it doesn't use harmful chemicals or deplete natural resources, and the locally grown shellfish actually help clean the water.

It's a green, sustainable industry that brings nearly $1 million a year to growers in the New�Jersey Delaware Bay area and puts shellfish on restaurant plates around the northeast.

Nearly Half of Israel's Farmland Threatened by Over-processing, Climate Change - Science - Haaretz

Nearly Half of Israel's Farmland Threatened by Over-processing, Climate Change - Science - Haaretz: Almost half of Israel’s agricultural land is at risk of soil erosion, according to estimates by the agriculture ministry division responsible for soil conservation, leading experts to look for radical new ways to tackle a growing concern.

Farms can get federal help for meeting environmental standards | WPBN

Farms can get federal help for meeting environmental standards | WPBN: Federal funding is available to help Michigan farm operations get certification for meeting environmental protection standards.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it can provide assistance for producers trying to implement practices that can make them eligible for verification through the Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program.

Here's why agriculture startups are blossoming - The Economic Times

Here's why agriculture startups are blossoming - The Economic Times: When Ranjith Mukundan quit his job at WiproBSE -0.95 % in 2011 after 15 years, farming wasn't on his mind. Bengaluru-born Mukundan and his four co-founders were exploring the Internet of Things space, the idea of connecting ordinary objects to send and receive data. They considered telemedicine, but decided against it since many MNCs were in the business.

As Farmers Age, The Plan To Turn Veterans On To Agriculture : NPR

As Farmers Age, The Plan To Turn Veterans On To Agriculture : NPR: As American farmers are getting older, a younger cohort is entering the civilian workforce. Government programs are trying to help veterans become farmers for reasons both economic and therapeutic.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are lower on follow through selling from last week. Markets in general have a risk-off attitude as the US Dollar and crude oil are lower.

Last week’s weather fears have calmed as the latest models confirm dryer for the next 10 days for Argentina and rain relief for Brazil's safrina.

Are We in For a Big Acreage Shift?�Join us in our next webinar, Tuesday evening April 26 at 8:00 PM CDT. �Register. Allendale's Rich Nelson will share the latest thoughts on US corn and soybean acreage, including how recent price swings could impact the final planting numbers, and how the market could react to acreage changes.