Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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This Tuesday news thread is a weekly feature here at Big Picture Agriculture.

K.M. Note: About the #1 news item and the changing role of U.S. Ag export markets globally... This is a hugely important trend that is ongoing, and a change in strategy will gradually be forced upon U.S. ag policymakers who will need to rethink our role in this changing world. Conservation and recreational lands could end up winners, so could smaller farms with quality over quantity food production.

  1. U.S. farmers are losing their status as the world's agricultural export leaders and this is set to continue. | WSJ
  2. "Rural communities likely will bear the brunt of the continued pressure on farmers, as job losses and lower farmland values cut the tax base for schools and other public services. ... Russia over the past decade boosted its wheat harvests by 61%, the USDA forecasts. Corn acreage has nearly tripled in Russia, and more than doubled in Ukraine. Brazil and Argentina have also ramped up output of the grain."
  3. The majority of U.S. agricultural exports, by value, go to five key markets | USDA
  4. Global Beef Trends: China and Brazil Grab the Spotlight | Agricultural Economic Insights
  5. (Since it goes with today's theme, here is the very interesting export chart from the post, below.)
  6. Is wind power saving rural Iowa or wrecking it? | DesMoines Register
  7. (This is another important story from flyover country. While towns such as mine love to say they are wind powered, it is not located in our backyard. A few years ago there was a great piece on this from Harper's Magazine but you seldom see the subject covered by news sources.)
  8. 'Flickers' and 'stray voltage': Why these Iowans really, really hate wind power | DesMoines Register
  9. Cost to Produce Corn and Soybeans in Illinois in 2016 | Farm Doc Daily
  10. Senate confirms Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary | AP
  11. Production of biofuels in Mozambique a big mistake in hindsight | Biofuels International
  12. Caring for the Land and Serving People through Agroforestry | USDA
  13. Iowa Lawmakers Push to Dismantle Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture | DTNPF
  14. The Benefits of Helping Great Plains Trees - One Diagnosis at a Time | US Forest Service
  15. Another corn grower problem this year: fungus that causes “vomitoxin” | Reuters
  16. Pesticide maker tries to kill risk study | AP
  17. Slideshow: North American grain majors— a 20-year recap | World-Grain
  18. Is this the future? Mobile Agricultural Robot Swarms | Agco
  19. Robotic AI recognizes crop, targets weeds | Agweb
  20. Mainstreet Rural Economy Report for April | Creighton.edu
  21. U.S. Farm Giant CHS Reviews Assets Amid Commodity Price Slump | Bloomberg
  22. Taxable farm income Chart P&L | USDA
  23. 1st farmer lawsuit on deck against Syngenta over China trade | ABC News
  24. If this mega-merger happens, just three countries will control much of the world’s agriculture | Quartz
  25. Potato farming in Washington involves high-stakes investment due to competitive market, low profit margins | The Spokesman Review
  26. Marijuana industry could be worth $50 billion annually by 2026 | Marketwatch
  27. The 2016 count of U.S. certified organic farms and businesses reflects a 13% increase between the end of 2015 and 2016 | Feedstuffs
  28. Cracking the coconut oil craze | Harvard Health
  29. Apple-cervix ears and spinach-vein hearts: Will humans soon be “biohacked”? | New Statesman
  30. These hydroponic kitchen gardens combine Nordic design & efficient growing technology | Treehugger
  31. PubMed to include funding and conflict-of-interest statements with scientific abstracts | Food Politics
  32. Gut bacteria affect ageing | Medical Press
  33. The Next Gluten - Plant proteins called lectins are an emerging source of confusion and fear. | The Atlantic
  34. Salty diet makes you hungry, not thirsty | ScienceDaily


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