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Friday, May 06, 2016

Daily Hampshire Gazette - Study raises concern over future of�farmland with aging owners

Daily Hampshire Gazette - Study raises concern over future of�farmland with aging owners: LaSalle Florists has been growing for 82 years, but current owner John LaSalle, who says he started at age 3 in the business his grandfather launched in 1934, is in his 60s, and looking ahead to the day when he might want to retire.

“It’s just logical thinking,” said LaSalle, who like many farmers around the state is looking ahead at the future of the third-generation family business. “I want to do other things with the last 20 years of my life.”

Who Gets The Farm? Study Shows Aging New England Farmers Faced With Tough Choices

Who Gets The Farm? Study Shows Aging New England Farmers Faced With Tough Choices: A new study shows that nearly a third of New England farm operators are over age 65, and most of those farmers don’t employ anyone under 45 years old. The study was conducted by the organizations American Farmland Trust and Land For Good. Cris Coffin is Land For Good’s policy director. She says farmers in the survey had differing views of retirement.

Farmland prices dip in the first quarter of 2016 due to limited supply - Agriland

Farmland prices dip in the first quarter of 2016 due to limited supply - Agriland: The first quarter of 2016 proved challenging for the Irish agricultural land market with farmland prices dipping, according to the latest Sherry�Fitzgerald Land Price Index.

Farmland down, acreages and houses in demand say local realtors | Latest Local News | globegazette.com

Farmland down, acreages and houses in demand say local realtors | Latest Local News | globegazette.com: Mitchell County real estate agents agree farmland prices are falling, while good acreages and moderate housing are in demand as well as the need for rental properties.

Elaine Govern with Govern Farms and Homes, Riceville, Kevin Kolbet of Kolbet Realtors, Osage, and Lisa Pollard with Main Reality, Osage, offered their thoughts on the current real estate market in Mitchell County.

How family-run farms in Michigan are changing - Crain's Detroit Business

How family-run farms in Michigan are changing - Crain's Detroit Business: Every business in every industry has challenges. And family businesses that want to remain family-owned for multiple generations have additional challenges.

But family businesses in agriculture and agribusiness may have the biggest business and family challenges of all. The family businesses that succeed in this sector need to be among the best-run businesses in America.

Cheap milk shakes farms | The Mercury

Cheap milk shakes farms | The Mercury: THE Tasmanian dairy industry is reeling after the state’s largest milk processor, Fonterra, announced a cut to its supplier milk price — just a week after Murray Goulburn slashed its farmgate price.

The move is a cruel blow to the state’s valuable $440 million industry, leaving 440 dairy farmers with tough decisions to make about their future operations. About 250 farms supply Fonterra.

What is climate-smart agriculture, and why should you care? | Virgin

What is climate-smart agriculture, and why should you care? | Virgin: Companies like McDonald’s, which uses 2 per cent of the world’s beef and Walmart, the world’s biggest company, regularly refer to it when describing how their products come to market.�Heads of state – from US President Barack Obama to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte – have also made reference to it when debating climate targets. Of course, it was a focal point of much discussion as the world came to an agreement on tackling global warming at the COP21 meeting in Paris last Christmas.

Eye on Agriculture: Cultivating Hope - KXNet.com - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Eye on Agriculture: Cultivating Hope - KXNet.com - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND: Profitability in North Dakota's largest industry is in question this year.
According to a spring report from the NDSU Extension Service, the price of many agricultural crops is down by more than half from records in 2012.
In tonight's Eye on Agriculture, Jennifer Kleen introduces us to a third-generation farmer, who -- despite a gloomy horizon -- is still cultivating hope in his fields.

Agriculture Start-Ups Get Boost From Big Firms and Investors - The New York Times

Agriculture Start-Ups Get Boost From Big Firms and Investors - The New York Times: Compared with medicine, where small companies often lead in turning cutting-edge science into new drugs, agriculture has never had much start-up activity. Agricultural biotechnology, for instance, has been dominated by six giant seed and chemical companies, including Monsanto and DuPont.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are steady to higher as markets adjust after a volatile week. The US Dollar and Crude oil are lower as traders wait for employment data later this morning.

As of yesterday’s settle July corn futures�down 18 cents, July soybeans down 17 � cents and July wheat down 25 � cents for the week. July corn futures have�technical support at the 3.71 level and the 50 day moving. Key chart support in July soybeans is the 20 day moving average which crosses at 10.00 �. July wheat is testing support at the contract low around 4.50.

Trade will be looking for manage money liquidation this week on the CFTC Commitment of Traders report which is released at 2:30 today.