Timing right for Land O’Lakes to go global

A spokesperson for Land O’Lakes says the timing is right for the company to make its first global commercial investment. Kim Olson tells Brownfield the cooperative’s acquisition of a South African agribusiness came down to finding the right partner in a region that has long-term potential. “Villa Crop Protection is a market leader down there… Read more »

Australia halts ranch sale

Australia’s government has blocked the proposed sale of the nation’s largest cattle ranch to the Chinese. National Treasurer Scott Morrison said the proposed $350-million ($250 U.S.) sale of S. Kidman and Company raised serious security concerns for the country and would go against national interests. China is already the biggest investor in Australia and the… Read more »

Ethanol industry continues to defend RFS

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An ethanol industry official says “Big Oil” is making a last-ditch effort to discredit the benefits of ethanol before the EPA’s final RFS rule is announced. Tom Buis, co-chair of Growth Energy says it’s because the renewable fuels industry has taken 10 percent of the oil industry’s market share.  “Part of their purpose of rolling… Read more »

Cover crops play a role in combating climate change

A water policy analyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) says cover crops are playing a big role in combating climate change.  Over the past five years, farmers in the nation’s 10 top agriculture producing states have lost more than $25 billion worth of crops because of weather related problems. Ben Chou says researchers… Read more »

Several factors contributing to the decline in honeybees

A bee-keeper says there are several factors contributing to the decline of the nation’s honey bee population.  Mike Seib (sighb) of Mooresville, Indiana says in the Midwest – weather is one of them.  He says it is typical for bee keepers in the Midwest to lose up to 50 percent of their honey bees due… Read more »

Land values are still a solid investment

An agricultural real estate specialist says farmland is still a solid investment even though farmland values overall are softening in the wake of lower commodity prices. Jim Farrell is president of Farmers National Company.  He says, “In a general sense we think in most of the areas where there is good farmland we’re down at least… Read more »

FAO director on world Zero Hunger goal

The United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has set a goal of ending hunger by the year 2030. At the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the FAO, Director General da Silva said the goal of Zero Hunger is not just a dream but is achievable. He says over the past 70 years success… Read more »

Marketing grain in risky times

A grain marketing specialist says taking advantage of any type of market rally will be crucial to farmers’ profitability. Pete Lorenz with Iowa based National Farmers says it isn’t uncommon to see a bump in the market this time of year.  “When and if that should happen – I think producers have to consider locking… Read more »

USDA allocates FY 2016 MAP and FMD funds

USDA has awarded Fiscal Year 2016 funding to more than 60 agricultural organizations for the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) program. Under MAP, the Foreign Ag Service will provide $172.8 million to 62 nonprofits and cooperatives to promote their products around the globe. MAP participants contribute an average 137 percent match… Read more »

New Canadian Ag lead to seek COOL retaliation

Canada’s new Ag Minister says he will uphold the newly elected prime minister’s position and that of the Conservative party to seek trade retaliation against the U.S. over its Country of Origin Labeling law, if forced to. Chandler Goule, with the National Farmers Union, says the U.S. Congress needs to pass the voluntary COOL bill… Read more »