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Friday, May 20, 2016

More than 120,000 acres of Delaware farmland have been permanently preserved through a state program

More than 120,000 acres of Delaware farmland have been permanently preserved through a state program: More than 120,000 acres of Delaware farmland have been permanently preserved through a state program.

Urth Farms Resurrects New Britain Organic Farming - Courant Community

Urth Farms Resurrects New Britain Organic Farming - Courant Community: In a poor, heavily developed residential neighborhood that's ringed by a couple of package stores, two pizza shops and a car repair garage, the 3.5-acre Urth Farms is looking to become one of central Connecticut's premier outlets for organic produce.

Platform Economy and Agriculture: the major trends to look out for

Platform Economy and Agriculture: the major trends to look out for: Farmers are entrepreneurs of a future in which innovation means banking on "precision agriculture", and the opportunity to invest in a new business model: one that uses digital tools to optimize the management of common property.
Far from contemporary stereotypes, computer-savvy farmers are educating themselves in the "field of digital knowledge" and using it to promote their own interests. This subversion of the traditional economy is ultimately allowing them to adapt and anticipate the challenges of tomorrow, most notably that of feeding a planet which will be home to 9 billion people by 2050.

Reversing rural exodus through agriculture: Myth or reality? | Bread for the World

Reversing rural exodus through agriculture: Myth or reality? | Bread for the World: I recently returned from Senegal, where I addressed the 2016 Youth Agribusiness, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship Summit on Innovation (YALESI) in Dakar. The summit, organized by the Global Youth Innovation Network, had a theme perfectly in line with global realities: “Youth Capacities to Fight Hunger and Create Employment Opportunities.” As bad news on global youth unemployment, its negative impacts on rural communities, and the need to “do something” make headlines, the�International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is walking the talk. IFAD is an international institution dedicated to ending hunger and poverty, particularly in poor rural communities.� The challenges of rural poverty are exacerbated by climate change, ongoing land degradation, and economic decline due to youth migration to urban areas in search of economic opportunities.

Fast-Casual Restaurants Like Chipotle Could Spark an Agriculture Revolution | US News

Fast-Casual Restaurants Like Chipotle Could Spark an Agriculture Revolution | US News: The way to bring corporate agriculture in line with sustainable practices may be through America's stomach.

If healthful "fast-casual" dining keeps growing, experts say, more widespread shifts toward sustainability and fresh or minimally processed produce and meat are likely to follow.

Agriculture: An Uber Moment For Entrepreneurs - Forbes

Agriculture: An Uber Moment For Entrepreneurs - Forbes: As Uber and Lyft have demonstrated, there are huge opportunities in applying new-fangled technologies to traditional industries. Entrepreneurs do not even have to necessarily have domain expertise. Hey, Uber co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick had no background in the taxi industry – other than he disliked the customer experience!

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Paul Georgy with the early morning commentary for May 20, 2016.

Grain markets are higher�on repositioning after NOAA's weather update and the US Dollar rally pressured grains yesterday.

Weekly Export sales were out yesterday, and corn sales were reported at 2,013,828 metric tonnes (1,473,148 old crop 540,680 new). This beat the trade's expectation of 1.0 - 1.6 million. The current year to date sales pace is 9% over the five-year average.

Soybean sales totaled 714,635 metric tonnes. They were within the trade expectation of 350,000 - 750,000. Year to date sales are also 13% over last year.