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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Land values inch up despite low crop prices

Land values inch up despite low crop prices: The farmland market across Iowa remains stable to slightly stronger this spring, depending on geography and farm specifics. The recently released Realtors Land Institute survey shows Iowa farmland values trending stronger by 2.9% since the September report, and nearly 5% stronger over the past 12 months.

Farm Bill Clears House Committee on Partisan Vote | Ag Professional

Farm Bill Clears House Committee on Partisan Vote | Ag Professional: “"Mr. Chairman, this is a flawed bill,” Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) said in his opening salvo of the hearing in comments directed at Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) “This is the fault of a bad and non-transparent process. When I was chairman, we marked the bill up in subcommittee. We didn't do that this time. I oppose it and I�urge my colleagues on my committee to oppose it as well."

Democratic dissent on the farm bill proposal centers on work requirements for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Peterson told AgriTalk Radio earlier this week that he would offer no amendments to the bill and would simply oppose the entire bill.

Republicans on the committee moved a package of 15 amendments to the farm bill during the hearing on topics ranging from crop insurance to biotechnology to broadband. The amendments include a provision put forward by Rodney Davis (R-IL) that would not allow producers to enroll in both the Agriculture Risk Coverage program and the Margin Protection Plan.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Barn roofs collapse under snow on Wisconsin dairy farms, killing cows

Barn roofs collapse under snow on Wisconsin dairy farms, killing cows: Barn roofs in northeastern Wisconsin have collapsed this week under the weight of heavy snow, killing cows and disrupting milking operations.

One of the largest barns held 1,100 cows. But all of them got out safely before the roof fell in, said J.J. Pagel with Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy in Kewaunee.

“It’s pretty much a total loss. Over two-thirds of that roof collapsed,” Pagel said.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Farmers’ Rights vs. Eminent Domain | Successful Farming

Farmers’ Rights vs. Eminent Domain | Successful Farming: Ethan Boender is a young man of few words. But when the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline affected precious farmland in his community, he found the words to voice his concern.�

Monday, April 16, 2018

Urban Millennials Go to Farmer School

Urban Millennials Go to Farmer School: Doug Fabbioli is concerned about the future of the rural economy, as urban sprawl expands from metropolitan areas into farm fields and pastureland. The Virginia winery owner decided to be part of the solution and founded The New AG School, the school's mission is raising the next generation of farmers.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Low sales prices, diminished demand souring future of dairy farms | Business | observer-reporter.com

Low sales prices, diminished demand souring future of dairy farms | Business | observer-reporter.com: The Minors and Grices became family dairy farmers at about the same time in Washington County – the mid-1970s.

Bev and Sam Minor grew up on area farms in the 1940s and ‘50s, and met as teens while showing cows at the Greene County Fair.

“Her dream was to marry a dairy farmer,” Sam said, chortling at the memory. He had other professional aspirations, though, and earned a bachelor’s degree at Penn State University while captaining the wrestling team.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Consultant urges rethink of forestry on Tasman district's fragile soils | Stuff.co.nz

Consultant urges rethink of forestry on Tasman district's fragile soils | Stuff.co.nz: As the call grows for tougher controls on forestry, consultant Roger May adds his voice. Cherie Sivignon reports.

Forestry consultant Roger May feels a sense of deja vu.

In the 1990s, as part of Eco-Net, he was calling for improved forestry practices on fragile Separation Point granite (SPG) soils in the Tasman district along with more stringent council rules accompanied by increased�monitoring and enforcement.

Now, as many residents of the district clean up the damage wrought in February by�ex-Tropical Cyclone Gita, May finds himself raising those�same issues again.

Friday, April 13, 2018

House Agriculture Committee Announces the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 | Congressman Glenn Thompson

House Agriculture Committee Announces the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 | Congressman Glenn Thompson: U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today joined with Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) and members of the House Agriculture Committee to introduce a new Farm Bill, H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018.

Rep. Thompson is Vice Chair of the committee and Chairman of the Nutrition Subcommittee, which oversees federal nutrition programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which was formerly called food stamps. Today’s legislation works to address the economic challenges facing the nation’s farmers and ranchers, while making historic investments toward opportunities for SNAP recipients.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Which European Countries Have the Most Expensive Farmland? | Agweb.com

Which European Countries Have the Most Expensive Farmland? | Agweb.com: Think Iowa farmland is pricey? Cast your eyes to Europe for a little perspective. Here are the countries with the highest farmland prices in European Union member states, according to a new report (featuring 2016 data) from Eurostat.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Climate Change Will Disrupt the Way Big Agriculture Is Done - Bloomberg

Climate Change Will Disrupt the Way Big Agriculture Is Done - Bloomberg: Weather volatility is going to throw the sector for a loop, bringing more frequent droughts, flooding and storms, according to a report from BMI Research on agriculture megatrends. As water becomes more scare and global temperatures rise, regulations for agriculture -- the world’s largest contributor to non-carbon dioxide emissions -- are likely to become stricter and farmers will demand more environmentally friendly equipment and farming techniques.

Monday, April 09, 2018

New tool for big farmland challenge | WDAZ

New tool for big farmland challenge | WDAZ: Finding farmland to buy or rent is a major challenge for young farmers — and older ones, too. Now, the National Young Farmers Coalition is offering a new tool that aims to make the task a little easier.

The Finding Farmland Calculator is designed to help farmers understand farm financing options, determine what they can afford and prepare to work with a loan officer. It was created with input from young farmers and farm service providers, according to the National Young Farmers Coalition.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Modernising Nigeria’s Agricultural Sector — Leadership Nigeria Newspapers

Modernising Nigeria’s Agricultural Sector — Leadership Nigeria Newspapers: Nigeria is on the verge of diversification, enhancing the agricultural sector as one of the key drivers. In this report Addullahi Olesin from Ilorin writes, calling on government and agricultural developers for proper pricing of farm produce which will in turn aid the way to modernisation of Agriculture in Nigeria.

Budget Friendly South Florida With Kids: Miami, Everglades, & Key Largo! - The Frugal South

Budget Friendly South Florida With Kids: Miami, Everglades, & Key Largo! - The Frugal South: I love visiting South Florida in the winter to get a dose of sunshine and warmth.�In this post, I’ll show you how to take an affordable family vacation to Miami, the Everglades, and Key Largo that your kids will love!

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Two historic north-east farms go on the market - The Courier

Two historic north-east farms go on the market - The Courier: Promoted by CarsDirect

Interest is expected from far and wide for two significant Aberdeenshire farms totalling more than 600 acres which have come on the market.

Cairnfechel Farm at Udny has a range of modern farm buildings and productive farmland extending to 194Ha (480 acres). It also includes a six-bedroom
farmhouse and five farm cottages and is available for sale as a whole or in two lots.

The farm itself has an asking price of offers over �2.3 million and a second lot of land at North Coullie is available for offers over �620,000. As a whole, the asking price exceeds �2.9m.

Friday, April 06, 2018

More than 1,000 farmers record 121 bird species during Big Farmland Bird Count - Farming UK News

More than 1,000 farmers record 121 bird species during Big Farmland Bird Count - Farming UK News: The record-breaking number of farmers took part in the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT)-led count between 9 and 18 February.
A total of 25 red-listed species were recorded, with five appearing in the 25 most commonly seen species list.
These include fieldfares, starlings, house sparrows, song thrushes and yellowhammers. The most plentiful of these were fieldfares and starlings, which were seen on nearly 40% of the farms taking part.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Texas agriculture officials worry as tariff proposals add up | Business | wacotrib.com

Texas agriculture officials worry as tariff proposals add up | Business | wacotrib.com: The Waco-based Texas Farm Bureau is seeing its fears come to pass, as China responded to President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum by announcing levies Monday on 128 items, including fruits, nuts, wine and pork.

By Tuesday, the Trump administration announced a new proposal for 25 percent tariffs on 1,300 Chinese products that represent $50 billion in imports, according to the Associated Press.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Iowa Farmland Values Post 3% 6-Month Gain | Agweb.com

Iowa Farmland Values Post 3% 6-Month Gain | Agweb.com: The average value of an acre of Iowa farmland is $6,951, which is a 2.9% increase for the six-month period ending March 1. That’s according to the twice-yearly survey conducted by the Iowa Chapter of the Realtors Land Institute (RLI).�

Monday, April 02, 2018

Farmland Values Rise in the Midwest for the First Time Since 2014 | Successful Farming

Farmland Values Rise in the Midwest for the First Time Since 2014 | Successful Farming: The longest decline in farmland values in the Midwest since the agricultural crisis of the mid-1980s is over. Ag bankers surveyed by the Chicago Fed report a 1% rise in “good” farmland values in 2017, the first annual increase in values in three years. During the ag crisis, Midwest land values also fell for three years, from 1984 to 1986.