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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Farmland taxes increasing on real estate bill | Local News | thesouthern.com

Farmland taxes increasing on real estate bill | Local News | thesouthern.com: Farmland owners will soon receive their tax bills in the mail and will most likely notice a slight bump in their assessment of property value.

The increase in farmland taxes will be decided by the land's productivity index. The productivity index determines the quality of the soil, according to Jessica Grammer, manager at the Jackson County Farm Bureau.

Small US farms struggle to stay in the family | CCTV America

Small US farms struggle to stay in the family | CCTV America: Farmers who want to stay small and independent in the United States are under increasing pressure. U.S. government figures show 97 percent of all farms are family-run, but that’s because many small family farms turned into big family farms – and big businesses. One problem in the quest to stay small: a shortage of willing heirs to take over operations.

John Deere Cuts Earnings Outlook | Deere Annual Investor Results

John Deere Cuts Earnings Outlook | Deere Annual Investor Results: Deere & Co. (IW 500/37), the world’s biggest agricultural equipment manufacturer, cut its fiscal full-year earnings outlook as lower commodity prices hurt farmers’ income and a glut of unsold machinery continues to pile up at dealerships.

Russian grain exports up 13% by May 18 - Agriculture Ministry | Russia Beyond The Headlines

Russian grain exports up 13% by May 18 - Agriculture Ministry | Russia Beyond The Headlines: Russia exported 31.861 million tonnes of grain over the period from July 1, 2015 to May 18, 2016, a 12.8% rise as compared with the same period the season before (28.251 million tonnes), the Russian Agriculture Ministry has said, citing the Federal Customs Service's data.

Farminator: Robot ranchers replacing humans in agriculture (VIDEOS) — RT Viral

Farminator: Robot ranchers replacing humans in agriculture (VIDEOS) — RT Viral: As technology advances, the future of farming is about to change drastically with the rise of robots being used in agricultural work as alternatives to manpower.
“Farmbots” are now being used as shepherds in the Australian outback where farmers struggle to monitor livestock frequently enough due to the remote locations of herds, according to the New Scientist.

One example is cattle station “Suplejack Downs,” which is located in the Northern Territory and takes some 13 hours to reach by car from the nearest town, Alice Springs. The farm is spread across 4,000 sq km, which can prove difficult to manage.