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Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Brussels Times - Climate change will increase the value of farmland in Belgium

The Brussels Times - Climate change will increase the value of farmland in Belgium: The conclusions were published in a study by Environmental Economics Professor Steven Van Passel at the University of Hasselt. The study has been published in the journal "Environmental & Resource Economics".

The researchers studied data from more than 40,000 agricultural firms from 15 countries. "We used a method that takes into account the adaptability of businesses," says Steven Van Passel.

"By combining and reworking different data series, we were able to link the current value of arable land with the temperature and precipitation variables."

A third of Argentine soy farms waterlogged; 5 mln tonnes feared lost | Ag Professional

A third of Argentine soy farms waterlogged; 5 mln tonnes feared lost | Ag Professional: A third of Argentina's soy farms remain swamped after early April storms, with crop loss estimates at 5 million tonnes as harvesting starts in areas dry enough to support the 30-tonne carbines used to bring in the beans, experts said on Wednesday.

Canada may delay foreign worker limits as packers, farms face squeeze | Reuters

Canada may delay foreign worker limits as packers, farms face squeeze | Reuters: Canada may delay implementing new restrictions on the use of foreign workers as farmers and meat processors warn of severe labor shortages in one of the world's biggest agricultural exporters, the employment minister said.

Employers have reported difficulty finding workers despite a 7.1 percent unemployment rate. Many Canadians resist jobs involving manual labor and rural living, a trend that has driven up labor costs and hurt productivity.

Start-up, agriculture portal launch mobile app for farmers | Business Line

Start-up, agriculture portal launch mobile app for farmers | Business Line: The life of a farmer revolves around farming activities and financial transactions related to them. While a majority of farmers keep track of these activities in their mind, a few also document them in their own little ways.

Now, a start-up from Mangaluru and an agri web portal have come out with an app — Farmoney — to record and track financial transactions and farm-related activities of farmers.

Mohan Talakalukoppa, founder of KrishiKannada web portal, told BusinessLine that Farmoney is a book-keeping app with 18 sections for documentation.

PURE CUBA: Increased agricultural trade with Cuba faces obstacles in addition to embargo | Michigan Radio

PURE CUBA: Increased agricultural trade with Cuba faces obstacles in addition to embargo | Michigan Radio: Michigan agriculture businesses are intrigued by the prospect of doing business in Cuba, after the Obama administration re-established formal ties with the island nation. �

Cuba also sees the U.S. as a potential new market. �

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Much of Brazil received needed rain with net drying seen for the coming two weeks in Brazil which should be supportive to their safrinha corn crop. Argentina has started a net drying period which should continue over the next seven days. In the week after that only minimal amount of rain is forecast. This period of net drying for Argentina will be seen as beneficial for the soybean crop.