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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Wisconsin surveys interest in farmland preservation

Wisconsin surveys interest in farmland preservation: A Wisconsin department is surveying 3,000 landowners in 15 counties to gauge their thoughts on the state's Farmland Preservation Program as enrollment declines.

The program gives farmers a range of tax break options for preserving land for future agricultural use and protecting it from development.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that Alison Volk with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says the number of claims has dropped by nearly 25 percent between 2010 and 2016.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Huge farmland auction brings sales of over $17.6 million

Huge farmland auction brings sales of over $17.6 million: The auction of 2,050�acres of high-quality farmland in Grant County drew a�standing-room-only crowd Wednesday, March 28, resulting in a purchase price of�$17,621,800. Steffes Group marketed the property and conducted the�auction.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Agriculture ‘key to reviving Somali economy’ | Public Finance

Agriculture ‘key to reviving Somali economy’ | Public Finance: In a joint report, the organisations highlighted the many factors that have contributed to a severe decrease in crop yields and urged the country to invest more in agriculture.

It said the East African nation has had to deal with “weak institutions, insecurity, a persistent insurgency, dilapidated infrastructure, environmental degradation and climate change” �– all of which have produced a low crop yield.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Rapid Farmland Degradation To Force Hundreds Of Millions To Migrate Over Next 3 Decades, Study Finds | CleanTechnica

Rapid Farmland Degradation To Force Hundreds Of Millions To Migrate Over Next 3 Decades, Study Finds | CleanTechnica: Hundreds of millions of people are likely to be forced to migrate over just the next 3 decades due to rapidly deteriorating farmland productivity in many regions — caused by modern chemical- and fertilizer-heavy farming practices, overgrazing, deforestation, flash-flood events, and increasing drought — a new study has found.

Rapid Farmland Degradation To Force Hundreds Of Millions To Migrate Over Next 3 Decades, Study Finds | CleanTechnica

Rapid Farmland Degradation To Force Hundreds Of Millions To Migrate Over Next 3 Decades, Study Finds | CleanTechnica: Hundreds of millions of people are likely to be forced to migrate over just the next 3 decades due to rapidly deteriorating farmland productivity in many regions — caused by modern chemical- and fertilizer-heavy farming practices, overgrazing, deforestation, flash-flood events, and increasing drought — a new study has found.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Extreme couponing: college student edition – The Seahawk

Extreme couponing: college student edition – The Seahawk: As a college student, I am always looking for ways to save money. I work three jobs, budget my monthly earnings and join rewards programs to stores I shop at frequently. However, one cost-cutting tactic that I know could save me money, but don’t normally take the time to explore is couponing.

Extreme couponing is a practice that I believed only existed among middle-aged mothers on TLC. However, after my week as a coupon-cutting modern woman, I now know that anyone can save money this way.

Large-Scale Farmland Investments And The Land-Water-Energy-Food Nexus – Science Trends

Large-Scale Farmland Investments And The Land-Water-Energy-Food Nexus – Science Trends: According to the Land Matrix, an independent initiative for monitoring land deals at the global scale, since the year 2000, 1453 transnational deals have been concluded which account for about 48 million hectares of land. The majority of these land agreements are concluded for agricultural or forestry purposes for the production of trees or crops for food, renewable energy (i.e. biofuel), and other industrial uses, such as jatropha and rubber productions.

Large-Scale Farmland Investments And The Land-Water-Energy-Food Nexus – Science Trends

Large-Scale Farmland Investments And The Land-Water-Energy-Food Nexus – Science Trends: According to the Land Matrix, an independent initiative for monitoring land deals at the global scale, since the year 2000, 1453 transnational deals have been concluded which account for about 48 million hectares of land. The majority of these land agreements are concluded for agricultural or forestry purposes for the production of trees or crops for food, renewable energy (i.e. biofuel), and other industrial uses, such as jatropha and rubber productions.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Fewer Wisconsin Farmers Taking Part In Farmland Preservation | Wisconsin Public Radio

Fewer Wisconsin Farmers Taking Part In Farmland Preservation | Wisconsin Public Radio: The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has sent out 3,000 surveys to landowners in 15 counties to gauge their thoughts on the state's Farmland Preservation Program, something fewer farmers are participating in.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Farmland as a commodity - The Statesman

Farmland as a commodity - The Statesman: The age-old tussle over scarce resources is nothing new and with land increasingly becoming a scarce resource the world is witnessing an increased struggle for it. However, the pace with which urban and industrial development encroaches on farmland and the way large tracts of farmland are going into private hands has not been witnessed since the colonial times.

To many rural dwellers, land holds enormous importance as being the main livelihood asset. The economy in these rural areas draws heavily on agriculture; thus, access to land serves as a security for food and income generation to farmers.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Iowa farmland value rises nearly 5 percent - Business Record

Iowa farmland value rises nearly 5 percent - Business Record: The average value of Iowa farmland increased 4.9 percent in the year that ended March 1, according to the most recent survey of farmland specialists by the Realtors Land Institute-Iowa Chapter.

Corn, soybean farmers face another year of low prices | Local | winonadailynews.com

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Corn, soybean farmers face another year of low prices | Local | winonadailynews.com: It looks like 2018 will be another challenging year for corn and soybean farmers.

“It’s going to be a tough year, I think, because of low (commodity) prices,” said Kevin Semke, who with his wife Ellen and son and daughter-in-law, Kyle and Tamar Semke, raises about 1,000 acres of corn and soybeans at Semke Farms near Coon Valley. They also do custom farm work such as tillage, planting, harvesting, spraying and fertilizer application, for other farmers.




Kevin Semke who owns and operates Semke Farms in rural Coon Valley with his son Kyle, will be plating about 1000 acres with corn and soybeans this spring.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Wisconsin organic dairy farms squeezed by massive Texas farms

Wisconsin organic dairy farms squeezed by massive Texas farms: You’re in the dairy state. You go to the store and buy some organic milk. You have this image of a small farm somewhere in rural Wisconsin, maybe one of those cool little towns in the Kickapoo Valley.

But it could be from a big farm. A really big farm. In�Texas.

Yes, Texas.

US vows to defend farmers from possible China trade action

US vows to defend farmers from possible China trade action: The U.S. on Wednesday vowed "to defend" American soybean producers against possible Chinese trade action as fears of a trade war loomed over the nation's agriculture industry.

China's Global Times, the ruling Communist Party's official newspaper, said in an editorial that "the Trump administration has repeatedly accused China of violating international trade rules and threatened to impose higher tariffs on Chinese products. But the U.S. is actually the breaker of WTO rules, which can be seen clearly by how subsidized U.S. soybeans are dumped on China."

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

New Mexico regulators OK massive wind farms near Texas - ABC News

New Mexico regulators OK massive wind farms near Texas - ABC News: The unanimous vote by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission marks one of the key steps needed for Xcel Energy to move forward with its plans. Texas regulators are expected to act on the proposal in the coming weeks.

Xcel Energy says the proposed wind farms would take advantage of what has become the least expensive generating resource in the region to reduce fuel costs and ultimately save customers money on their monthly bills.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

DowDuPont Signs a Deal to Surveil Farms With Satellites | WIRED

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IT MIGHT NOT be apparent unless you're driving through the mid-longitudes of Interstate 70, but around 40 percent of the land in the United States is farmland. Understanding what happens on that acreage is complicated—for individual farmers and agricultural conglomerates. Understanding how to improve what’s going on is even harder.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Global stocks sink in worst slide since November; eyes on Fed meeting

Global stocks sink in worst slide since November; eyes on Fed meeting: At the same time, shares of Facebook Inc (FB.O) shed nearly 7 percent after reports that a political consultancy that worked on U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign gained inappropriate access to data on 50 million of the social network’s users. That decline dragged other technology stocks, which have led the market higher over the last two years.

“If they start to decay, then it may leave investors wondering what’s left to become the new leader to resume the bulls’ advance,” said Mark Luschini, chief investment strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott in Philadelphia.

Wall Street Drops as Regulation Worry Sinks Tech Shares - The New York Times

Wall Street Drops as Regulation Worry Sinks Tech Shares - The New York Times

General Mills is transitioning 53 square miles of South Dakota farmland to certified organic

General Mills is transitioning 53 square miles of South Dakota farmland to certified organic: After all, there’s a reason you haven’t yet seen organic versions of Cheerios, Chex Mix, and Pillsbury Toaster Strudel. It’s not because General Mills, the parent company of those brands, thinks there’s no interest on the part of American eaters. Far from it—the company knows American appetites for organic products are growing faster than growers can switch. Instead, the issue is that General Mills can’t reliably find organic grains at a scale that benefits a food multinational of its size.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Brexit uncertainty creates shortage of agricultural land coming to market - Farming UK News

Brexit uncertainty creates shortage of agricultural land coming to market - Farming UK News: Nervousness over the outcome of Brexit negotiations may have helped create a shortage of agricultural land coming to market, according to new analysis.
Figures produced by Savills show that the volume of land marketed in Britain last year was down by 16 per cent on the previous 12 months and eight per cent down on the 10-year average.
Strutt & Parker said farmland sales were down 10 per cent in 2017. Mark McAndrew, head of the national estate and farm agency department at Strutt & Parker, said the trend had continued into 2018.
"The first few months of the year feels unusually quiet," Mr McAndrew told FarmingUK.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Plans for massive offshore wind farms stir fears among fishermen - The Boston Globe

Plans for massive offshore wind farms stir fears among fishermen - The Boston Globe: The five enormous turbines that have been generating electricity off Block Island over the past year are considered a model for the future of offshore wind.

But the nation’s first ocean-based wind farm also has exposed what fishermen say are serious threats to them caused by scattering massive metal shafts and snaking underwater cables across prime fishing grounds.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Slight Gain in Farmland Returns Owned by Pension Funds | Pork Business

Slight Gain in Farmland Returns Owned by Pension Funds | Pork Business: The total return from farmland owned by pension funds rose during the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF). The NCREIF index shows the total return for the fourth quarter of 2017 was 2.9%, up from 1% last quarter and even with 2.9% in the fourth quarter 2016. The quarterly total return was composed of a 2.1% income return and appreciation of 0.8%.

Make move from coupon class to store aisles - Times Union

Make move from coupon class to store aisles - Times Union: Ready to finally take a serious crack at couponing?

We've covered the basics over the last few weeks, but before you grab your scissors and embark on this savings crusade, here are just a few more shreds of insight that will take you from a casual clipper to a coupon kingpin.

This is how much money you’d save if you worked from home | New York Post

This is how much money you’d save if you worked from home | New York Post: It pays big to work from home.

Working from home is gaining in popularity, but most people still commute to an office. More than four in 10 workers say they worked remotely at least some of the time in 2016 — up four percentage points from 2012 — according to Gallup data released last year. Of those, about one in three work at least 80 percent of the time from home.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Yates farmland: It's a seller's market - observer-review.com

Yates farmland: It's a seller's market - observer-review.com: Jim Moon, broker, owner of Penn Yan's Howard Hanna office said, "The sales price per acre for farm properties just keeps going up." Moon said it all comes down to supply and demand. "There's only so many acres of farmland available in the county, and right now there are more buyers. I am getting seven times more calls now for craft breweries and distillery locations than I am getting for wineries." Moon said between current farmers that want to expand their operations, new wineries, craft breweries and distillers along with young farmers buying their first property the demand keeps pushing the prices higher.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Minnesota farmland prices drop in 2017

Minnesota farmland prices drop in 2017: Minnesota's farmland prices dropped last year as the agriculture industry continued to face low crop prices and reduced income.


Sales data for fiscal 2017 reported to the Minnesota Department of Revenue and analyzed by the University of Minnesota indicate that the median price per acre was about $4,600, a 5.4 percent decrease from 2016, The Star Tribune reported .

Land values are important to a farmer's equity, said Bruce Peterson, former president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.

Minnesota farmland prices drop in 2017

Minnesota farmland prices drop in 2017: Minnesota's farmland prices dropped last year as the agriculture industry continued to face low crop prices and reduced income.


Sales data for fiscal 2017 reported to the Minnesota Department of Revenue and analyzed by the University of Minnesota indicate that the median price per acre was about $4,600, a 5.4 percent decrease from 2016, The Star Tribune reported .

Land values are important to a farmer's equity, said Bruce Peterson, former president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.

Tariffs could be disastrous for agriculture | Ohio Ag Net | Ohio's Country Journal

Tariffs could be disastrous for agriculture | Ohio Ag Net | Ohio's Country Journal: In a state whose biggest agricultural export is soybeans, growers of the crop perhaps should be leery.

Tariffs on imported aluminum and steel, which President Trump imposed March 8 could have disastrous consequences, particularly for soybean farmers, according to an agricultural economist with The Ohio State University.

The tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum could cause other countries to retaliate by setting tariffs on U.S. goods they import, including soybeans, which are Ohio’s top agricultural export, said Ian Sheldon, who serves as the Andersons Chair in Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

If that happens, that could further drive down the price of soybeans in the world market and the income Ohio farmers are earning on their soybeans, Sheldon said.

Monday, March 12, 2018

MN Farmland Prices May be Stabilizing - KDUZ

MN Farmland Prices May be Stabilizing - KDUZ: Prices for Minnesota farmland may be stabilizing after a decline in 2017. The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis reported last week that agriculture in Minnesota remains weak but stable.

Lower land values are helpful to those looking to purchase or rent land, especially younger farmers. But the prices mean trouble for those who bought in at the high end in 2012, making it more difficult to obtain operating loans.

Note to USDA: The time for regenerative agriculture is now

Note to USDA: The time for regenerative agriculture is now: It was Kansas farmer Gail Fuller who “took me to school.”

“You should be ashamed,” he told me bluntly.

As an employee (at the time) of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, I had assumed our 80-plus years of conservation work would insulate us (and me) from such a scathing rebuke. I assumed we were the ultimate “good guys” when it came to soil stewardship.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Increase rate of farmland preservation | Letters To The Editor | lancasteronline.com

Increase rate of farmland preservation | Letters To The Editor | lancasteronline.com: The Feb. 11 Sunday Magazine article “Reasons to love Lancaster County’’ expressed the many reasons why people love it in this county. And while about half of the article dealt with people and the arts, the other half dealt with the rural qualities and sights associated with other parts of Lancaster County.

If we love the back roads, farms, trails and rural scenes, the questions we should ask ourselves are, what have we lost already and how do we save the rest?

News & Views: Another impactful job shadow with Chicago agriculture students

News & Views: Another impactful job shadow with Chicago agriculture students: Following a successful maiden voyage in February 2017, we were pleased to be able to coordinate our second day of job shadows for students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences on Tuesday.

We had 30 juniors and seniors paired up with 15 local hosts, including Pearl Valley Farms, Hunter Haven Farms, Pearl City Elevator, Alliance Nutrition, Adkins Energy, Berner Foods, CoreFX Ingredients, Stephenson Service Company, Scheidairy Farms, High Plains Pork, Citizens State Bank, Compeer Financial, Lena Veterinary Clinic, New Hope Veterinary Clinic and Holland & Sons Equipment. Our terrific hosts immersed their student guests in the functions of their respective businesses, and the students got a first-hand look at a number of professions that they may have only read about previously.

Purdue study infers economic fallout from changes to RFS | Agriculture | theindependent.com

Purdue study infers economic fallout from changes to RFS | Agriculture | theindependent.com: A price cap, even when paired with a Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver, would prevent achievement of the objectives of the Renewable Fuel Standard, reduce overall biofuel blending, and halt investment in higher blend infrastructure, according to a Purdue University analysis.

The Reid Vapor Pressure measures how quickly fuel evaporates.

Passionate about a supportive industry - Agriculture - Rural Lifestyle - General News - Farm Weekly

Passionate about a supportive industry - Agriculture - Rural Lifestyle - General News - Farm Weekly: A PUSH in the right direction was all young gun Elly Mckenney, 21, needed to fall into the agricultural industry.

Some people are lucky enough to be born into the industry and others stumble into it.

Elly was one of those people who, at the age of 15, found herself working in a shearing shed and the start of her agriculture journey.

Now she finds herself completing her third year in a Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management through Charles Sturt University at the Muresk Campus.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Kansas farmers tried cutting water use, and guess what? They saved money. | Grist

Kansas farmers tried cutting water use, and guess what? They saved money. | Grist: Kansas farmers tried cutting water use, and guess what? They saved money. In Sheridan County, farmers managed to slash irrigation by 20 percent without taking a punch in the wallet, according to a new economic analysis.
The wells in Sheridan County sip from the Ogallala Aquifer, an underground lake that stretches from South Dakota to Texas. It happens to be rapidly depleting.

“I’d rather irrigate 10 inches a year for 30 years than put on 30 inches for 10 years,” farmer Roch Meier told Kansas Agland. “I want it for my grandkids.”

Why annuities are a bad idea for almost everyone - MarketWatch

Why annuities are a bad idea for almost everyone - MarketWatch: “Don’t lose money in the Wall Street casino!” the radio announcer blared.

“It could take a lifetime to make up your losses in the stock market.”

Unless your lifetime is five years — that’s how long it took the market to make a full recovery after the Great Recession — he’s dead wrong.

He was using this fear tactic to sell annuities. And getting suckered into buying an annuity with him — or any broker — could be the biggest mistake you ever make.

You see, annuities aren’t wrong for everyone… Just most everyone.

Adapting to water shortages, Egypt reduces rice cultivation | The Arab Weekly

Adapting to water shortages, Egypt reduces rice cultivation | The Arab Weekly

Friday, March 09, 2018

Money management tips for millennials - Charlotte Business Journal

Money management tips for millennials - Charlotte Business Journal: I do not think millennials and young professionals are given enough credit when it comes to money management.�Never mind the fact we grew up and came of age in a less than ideal economy, our generation by and large tends to avoid debt and live within our means, and that speaks volumes about us.�

According to the recent Better Money Habits Millennial Report, the percentage of millennials who have $15,000 or more in savings has gone up 14 percentage points to 47 percent.�Additionally, 63 percent of millennials are saving and the majority of millennials (67 percent) who have a savings goal meet it.�

Take a bite out of insurance premiums - Chicago Tribune

Take a bite out of insurance premiums - Chicago Tribune: The insurer that had the best rate when you bought your coverage may not be the most competitive after you move, get married, add a teenage driver, buy a new car or improve your credit score. It’s a good idea to re-shop your auto insurance every year or so even if nothing has changed.

In a study by the Texas Insurance Department, people saved an average of $125 per year by calling other insurers to compare rates. Weigh any premium savings against long-term customer discounts you may be earning.

How to save for a house downpayment

How to save for a house downpayment: The amount you put down on a house can affect your ability to get a mortgage loan, and the larger your down payment, the lower your monthly payment will be.

Although it can be hard to put money aside and still keep up with your other bills and financial responsibilities, the following nine ways to save for a home down payment can make it easier:

How to Save Money on a Cruise | POPSUGAR Smart Living

How to Save Money on a Cruise | POPSUGAR Smart Living: Cruises are a great travel option for several reasons: they're mostly all-inclusive, you're able to hit multiple ports on a single trip, and they give you more bang for your buck overall. On top of many being fairly affordable to begin with, there are more ways you can save money once you're on board. And if you stick to what's included in your boarding pass, it's possible to avoid spending all together once you're sailing. Here are nine ways you can cruise on a tight budge

Study indicates that climate change will wreak havoc on California agriculture

Study indicates that climate change will wreak havoc on California agriculture

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Make Your Life Easier in College: How to Save Money While Having the Time of Your Life

Make Your Life Easier in College: How to Save Money While Having the Time of Your Life: College is not easy. You have to attend classes and do homework and projects and extra work and you’ll probably stay up all night to study for finals. But how are you going to do that and handle your finances? Adults are not handling a general loan easily, so how are you?

You probably have a limited amount of money to spend and you need to make sure you take care of everything – from food to rent. So how are you going to save money and still enjoy your college life?

'We have no alternative': White paper warns lost B.C. farmland could be catastrophic - British Columbia - CBC News

'We have no alternative': White paper warns lost B.C. farmland could be catastrophic - British Columbia - CBC News