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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Changing farm ownership dynamics to be highlighted at workshop | Farms.com

Changing farm ownership dynamics to be highlighted at workshop | Farms.com: The way farms are owned has changed and a new workshop is designed to provide farmers with the knowledge they need to adapt.

The workshop is scheduled for June 6 and 7 at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky; organizers say many factors have contributed to the change in farm ownership dynamics.

Alberta land prices continue to soar - Alberta Farmer Express

Alberta land prices continue to soar - Alberta Farmer Express: It was another big year for Alberta and Canadian farmland prices, according to Farm Credit Canada’s annual survey.

On average, provincial farmland prices jumped by 11.6 per cent, the ag lender said in its 2015 Farmland Values Report while nationally they rose 10.1 per cent.

But there are a lot of variations across the province, said Dave Weber, a valuations and agrology specialist with Serecon, an Edmonton agricultural consulting and management company.

Cheers to the good life: vineyards, farms & ranches for sale - Expat

Cheers to the good life: vineyards, farms & ranches for sale - Expat: For investors with a bit of bottle, buying a working vineyard or olive grove could be a tempting entry into expat life. A vineyard which produces wine for British singer Cliff Richard in the Algarve region of Portugal was recently put on the market for �7.5 million. In case your pockets aren’t quite deep enough for that, or you would rather aim for a few bottles per year than a few thousand, there are some more affordable option

GrowFood Carolina looks to keep the state's smallest farms growing | Features | Charleston City Paper

GrowFood Carolina looks to keep the state's smallest farms growing | Features | Charleston City Paper: At least 80 percent of the local population could be fed with food grown within 50 miles of Charleston, reports a study by professors Andrew Zumkehr and J. Elliott Campbell from the University of California. But according to Sara Clow, general manager of GrowFood Carolina, a local food hub that works to support 80 farms throughout the state, less than 10 percent of what we eat in South Carolina is grown here. While interest in locally grown products has definitely increased in recent years, the reality of the state's eating habits is much less appetizing.

Weather benefits, hurts Texas agriculture - Texas Farm Bureau

Weather benefits, hurts Texas agriculture - Texas Farm Bureau: The story for Texas? Spring rains, and the good, bad and ugly that they bring.

Recent rains caused flooding in some areas of the Lone Star State, which damaged crop fields and pastures. About 1,500 acres of corn in Fayette County were underwater or swept from the field, said Scott Willey, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent in Fayette County.

Sowing Insecurity: Food and Agriculture in a Time of Climate Crisis : Food First

Sowing Insecurity: Food and Agriculture in a Time of Climate Crisis : Food First: “The food-pocalypse is already upon us,” blared a headline in the�Guardian�in March 2014 (1), as it warned of how food price increases, changing climate and increased demand were harbingers of hunger and anger that would increasingly explode onto the world stage. The article drew on the 2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report released the same month that warned of predicted temperature increases of 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit or more by the end of the century that “would pose large risks to food security globally and regionally.” (2)

Monsoon could help revive agriculture sector - BUSINESS - The Hindu

Monsoon could help revive agriculture sector - BUSINESS - The Hindu: The economy is expected to grow over eight per cent this fiscal with the forecast of an above-normal monsoon raising hopes of the agriculture sector’s revival after two successive drought years, said Niti Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya.

“The economic growth rate will be more than eight per cent during the current fiscal. There is a forecast of above-normal monsoon this fiscal,” Mr. Panagariya said after delivering a lecture organised by the Central Vigilance Commission here on Tuesday.

Willow Hill Ventures will fund and connect agriculture tech startups with farmers | TechCrunch

Willow Hill Ventures will fund and connect agriculture tech startups with farmers | TechCrunch: International Farming Corp. and Finistere Ventures have agreed to partner under the moniker Willow Hill Ventures to invest in growth-stage agricultural tech startups.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Paul Georgy with the early morning commentary for April 26, 2016.

Grain markets are lower on profit taking as US Dollar is weaker and crude oil higher.

Thanks to all who attend the Allendale Ag Leaders Webinar last evening. For those unable to attend, it was recorded and is available now, here.

The fundamentals of the grain market are not changing significantly but sell orders are not large enough to stop buyers momentum. Some of the influences being cited as bullish are the weaker US Dollar, stronger energies in recent sessions and a higher CRB drawing new money into commodities. Bearish arguments build on the large US stocks of grain, improving Argentine weather and China taking action to get control of their commodity bubble.