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Farmland Values Firm Up

From Ohio to Nebraska, farm real estate brokers note a firmness in the market that wasn't there three months ago.

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Trump Agriculture chief says farmers are 'one of the casualties' of trade war with China

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a new interview that farmers were a casualty of President Trump's escalating trade dispute China.

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CBD-infused food and beverages are still illegal under U.S. law. So why are they everywhere?

In 2017, no one knew what CBD oil was. In 2018, folks stumbled saying “cannabidiol” (that’s CBD oil) out loud. In 2019, it’s everywhere, and everyone wants in on it.

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Grow Faster, Grow Stronger: Speed-Breeding Crops to Feed the Future

Plant breeders are fast-tracking genetic improvements in food crops to keep pace with global warming and a growing human population.

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'American Soil' Is Increasingly Foreign Owned

American soil. Those are two words that are commonly used to stir up patriotic feelings. They are also words that can't be taken for granted, because today nearly 30 million acres of U.S. farmland are held by foreign investors...

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Trump's second ag bailout will provide $16 billion for farmers slammed by trade wars

The federal government will send another round of aid — $16 billion — to help farmers reeling financially by President Donald Trump's ongoing trade war with China. The trade assistance package would send...

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They Grow the Nation’s Food, but They Can’t Drink the Water

Water is a currency in California, and the low-income farmworkers who pick the Central Valley’s crops know it better than anyone. They labor in the region’s endless orchards, made possible by sophisticated irrigation systems...

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Apple-picking robots gear up for U.S. debut in Washington state

Next fall, as you browse the produce section at your local grocery store, pay close attention to the apples. You might be witnessing American history. For the first time, some of the apples sold in the U.S. ...

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Farmland prices stable despite facing pressure and potential risks, says KC Fed survey

Farmland values in America’s heartland are still stable, despite pressures on farm incomes and rising interest rates, according to a quarterly report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

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Farm-Equipment Sales Plunge Most Since 2016 in Trade-War Fallout

Purchases of farm equipment plunged by an annualized $900 million in the first quarter, the sharpest drop in three years, as U.S. producers struggle with falling commodity prices and collateral damage from...

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This Land is Your Land

A rising number of new neighborhoods are being built around farms. These suburban housing developments are called "agrihoods." Neighbors can work on fully functional farms and bring fresh produce home. The trend is spreading...

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Sweet corn out, sweet potatoes in: Data shows fundamental shifts in American farming

The American vegetable landscape has shifted. Farmers are abandoning onetime basics such as sweet corn, green beans, peas and potatoes. In their place, they’re planting sweet potatoes and leafy greens...

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Beer war escalates: MillerCoors sues Anheuser-Busch over Super Bowl corn syrup commercial

Not long after Anheuser-Busch InBev ran a Bud Light Super Bowl commercial taking aim at Miller Lite and other beers’ use of corn syrup, MillerCoors struck back Thursday with a lawsuit.

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Quarles: Sales of Kentucky hemp products surged in 2018

Kentucky’s resurgent hemp sector flexed more economic clout in 2018, with processors reporting sharply higher sales and farmers reaping more than twice as much income from their crop, the state’s agriculture commissioner said Monday.

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‘It’s Probably Over for Us’: Record Flooding Pummels Midwest When Farmers Can Least Afford It

Ice chunks the size of small cars ripped through barns and farmhouses. Baby calves were swept into freezing floodwaters, washing up dead along the banks of swollen rivers. Farm fields were now lakes.

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Nearly One-Third of US Farmland is Managed or Co-Managed by Women Farmers

Nearly 301 million acres of US farmland, or one-third of American farms, are managed or co-managed by women, according to a new report from the American Farmland Trust’s Women for the Land Initiative.

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Farm real estate prices holding up, but USDA worried about a fall

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is concerned about a potential decline in farmland real estate prices, but has seen no sign of that happening so far, USDA chief economist Robert Johansson said on Thursday.

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Google to spend $13 billion on real estate in 2019, expand into four states

Tech giant Google will invest $13 billion in data centers and offices in the United States over the course of 2019 as the company expands its U.S. operations and breaks ground for the first time in four states.

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Farm Bankruptcies in 2018 – The Truth is Out There

Here’s what we know: Caseload statistics from the United States Courts indicate that in 2018 Chapter 12 family farmer...

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The Current: The little guy struggles to survive in tree fruit industry

For the past 15 years or so, a strong export market and excitement over new varieties are two factors that have helped the tree fruit industry remain strong, even amid the recession of the late 2000s...

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8 Highlights from the Land Investment Expo

More than 900 attendees attended the 12thannual Land Investment Expo on Friday in Des Moines, Iowa. Started in 2012, the expo brings together farmers, landowners, investors...

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Key to Survive: Get Better, Not Bigger

In these continued tough times, what makes for a successful farmer? If you’re spending more time in the office and less time in the tractor or cab, that’s a good sign.

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Nature Conservancy spends big bucks to buy farmland in Murray-Darling Basin

Conservation group Nature Conservancy has purchased two major cattle stations in NSW for $55 million. The purchase is believed to be the largest of a farm by a conservation group...

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2019 Farmland Outlook: Values Stay Resilient

Despite another year of low profit margins for farmers, rising interest rates and global economic uncertainty, the farmland market was flat to even slightly-higher in 2018. 

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What Exactly Is a Bushel? The Question Turns People Into Basket Cases

Prices of agricultural commodities are quoted that way, even though many have never actually come across the baskets; ‘kind of an abstract amount’

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How Hemp And The Farm Bill May Change Life As You Know It

The 2018 US Farm Bill has now legalized commercial production of hemp. But what is hemp, and why should you care?

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China Embarks on Second Round of Soy Buying Post Trump-Xi Truce

Chinese importers returned to the U.S. soy market on Tuesday for their second round of purchases since the two countries agreed to a truce in their trade war, four traders with knowledge of the deals and the U.S. Soybean Export Council said.

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Annual Survey Finds Farmland Values Down Slightly

The value of farmland in Iowa has dropped slightly this year, according to the Iowa State University Land Values Survey.

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17 Bankers Talk Farmland Values, Challenges, Opportunities

Farmer income continues to decline in much of the Great Plains...

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The Economy of Soil Testing

Soil testing is a valuable tool in a grower's toolbox. Whether self-testing or contracting it out...

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The Woolsey fire nearly destroys Malibu's wine country

The latest maps of the Woolsey Fire, the conflagration that has devastated Malibu and the Santa Monica Mountains...

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Tractor maker Deere Aims to Ride Green Revolution in Africa

U.S. Deere & Co expects to see demand for its farm equipment in Africa grow 8 to 10 percent annually in the coming years...

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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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What Happens when the World's Two Biggest Economies Turn on Each Other

Leaders from the two nations have announced tariffs on each other. But the real fear among businesses, investors and lawmakers: Escalation.

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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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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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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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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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