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Economics prove cover crops pay

Every penny matters in today’s commodity price cycle. So for farmers on the fence on whether to make the plunge for cover crops, take comfort: economics are now on your side.

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7 Experts Weigh In on Land Values Across The U.S.

Seven accredited farm managers from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers give their latest insights in their trade area’s trends...

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How the United States can remain a world leader in agriculture

Agriculture in the United States has changed immensely in just a short amount of time. When my grandmother was a child, nearly half of the country was involved in agriculture. Farming today would be unrecognizable to her.

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South African city set to seize land in national ‘test case’

As South Africa’s passionate debate over land redistribution grows, one city outside Johannesburg is preparing what the mayor calls a “test case” for the nation...

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Uncertainty over land rights perceived as top investment risk in new USAID survey

Would you sink hundreds of millions of dollars into an investment on contested land? This is a key question investors and companies engaged in land-based sectors must ask whenever they consider a new project.

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How North Texas farmers are using social media to keep business growing

When two local farmers recently announced new pick-your-own operations on social media — Chris Demases with Pecan Creek Strawberry Farm in Pilot Point and Megan Neubauer with Pure Land Farm...

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Ninety-nine percent of America's farms are family-owned. But only half are family-farmed.

As land is passed on to kids and grandkids, millions of acres across the country end up being owned by people who are no longer farmers, and increasingly, never were.

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Kimbal Musk, Elon Musk's brother, on mission to revolutionize how Americans eat

On a crisp Denver morning, middle school students were discovering how to develop a green thumb with the help of Kimbal Musk, the brother of Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

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As Interest Rates Rise, Beware of Increased Delinquency Rates

The Federal Reserve was in action Wednesday and raised the key interest rate up 0.25 percent to 1.75 percent. This is the highest level it’s been since 2008.

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40,000-acre farm goes organic

There are 25 grain bins in Travis Heide’s farmyard, including six massive ones with a capacity of 70,000 bushels each.

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Millions Own Gas And Oil Under Their Land. Here's Why Only Some Strike It Rich

The U.S. is one of only a few countries in the world that allow private individuals to own the minerals under their land, a policy that dates to the Founding Fathers as they sought to elevate private interests... 

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U.S. cranberry industry is early casualty of incipient trade war

The American cranberry industry is one of the biggest losers so far in the escalating trade dispute between the European Union and the U.S.

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South Africa is trying to stop paying white farmers when it takes their land

Right now in South Africa, white people own 72 percent of the country's farmland, even though they're just 8 percent of the population.

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India hikes chickpea duty again

The Indian government has raised the import tariff for chickpeas from 40 percent to 60 percent. This is the second time India has raised the tariff.

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Despite Downturn, R&D Money Is Flowing Into Agriculture

Farming might seem bleak right now, given the downturn in commodity prices the last few years.

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To Stay on the Land, American Farmers Add Extra Jobs

A drop in agricultural income means side work in rural manufacturing and businesses takes on greater importance in funding food production

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Missouri bill would stop further foreign farmland ownership

A bill introduced in the Missouri legislature would change the amount of foreign-owned agricultural land in the state, going forward

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USDA chief Perdue lists 2018 farm bill priorities

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has released a long list of "legislative principles" for writing the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2018 farm bill, and providing a farm safety net is at the top of that list.

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Vilsack offers support for Northey’s nomination, expanding exports

Many different political voices advocated for agriculture at this year’s Iowa Land Investment Expo, held in Des Moines on Jan. 26, but it was hard to tell the Democrats from the Republicans on many issues.

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What's Ahead for Land Values in 2018

Farmland values seemed to defy logic in 2017. Numerous factors suggested prices would creep lower—yet they stabilized in many areas.

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Land Is Underrated as a Source of Wealth

In the long term, housing does about as well as stocks. It's also a major driver of inequality.

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The Case for Buying Farmland Versus Stocks

Farmland values have been under pressure the past several years So why buy farmland? It’s all about timing.

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The Transformation of the American Farm, in 18 Charts

The shift to specialization, fed by technology and competition, has boosted profits. It has also left farmers more vulnerable to price busts like the one currently sweeping the Farm Belt.

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Elon Musk's brother is helping millennials quit their desk jobs and become farmers

Young people are returning to farming: the number of farmers between the ages of 25 and 34 increased 2.2 percent between 2007 and 2012, according to the USDA's last farming census.

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