Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tuesday Links +

credit: MishTalk/NYTs Map

Tuesday informational news links "with a holistic view" are a weekly feature here at Big Picture Agriculture.

ELECTION:

Trump's Geographical Landslide | MishTalk

Rural America Roars | DTN

Trump’s Agricultural Advisory Committee | Ohio's Country Journal

Michael Torrey leading Trump agriculture transition effort | Politico

Weed is now legal in 8 states (California, Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada have just been added) | Daily Dot

Oklahoma Voters Reject Right to Farm Amendment | usagnet

Massachusetts Votes to Ban Battery Cages, Crates | usagnet

Soda Taxes Won Big | Mother Jones

UP TOP:

What is crop insurance, really? | Center for Rural Affairs

Another record-breaking harvest | World-Grain

Pan Hao has never worked on a farm, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming one of China's foremost husbandry experts. | Sixth Tone

Could reinvention solve our shopping addiction? | BBC

Stranded cows rescued after becoming trapped in NZ earthquake | twitter

TRENDS AND INNOVATION:

Rabobank: Microbial Market Set to Double in Size | usagnet

The percentage of people living in extreme poverty around the world has fallen by more than half over the past three decades. But polls show that most people are not only ignorant of this fact, but believe that poverty has increased. | VOX

Moving Toward an Agricultural Post-Scarcity Future | Business Insider

The Tropical Oil Crops Revolution – A More Sustainable Future? | World Financial Review

Almond growers plant 14.5 million new trees despite price slide | CapitalPress

Hass Avocado Board sets new strategic plan | The Packer

Quest to map Africa’s soil micro biome begins; Sub-Saharan project could one day help ecosystems to resist climate change and improve agriculture. | Nature

Growing Dates and apricots in the Arava Desert | JPost

The double wonder of worms; research shows works can produce clean compost and animal feed | EurekAlert!

Functional Flours Market Worth $78 Billion by 2022 | usagnet

CONSERVATION, ORGANIC, GARDENING, WATER:

Rehabilitating drylands key to global food security | UN News Center

MANAGING WATER: A new farmer and a very old acequia | National Young Farmer's Coalition

EPA Proposes No Food Tolerances for Chlorpyrifos | Farm Journal

Brazil’s Cerrado could sidestep conversion for agriculture; The Climate and Land Use Alliance outlines a strategy to harmonize big agriculture, community farming and conservation could save the tropical grasslands of Brazil. | Mongabay

Why You Should Buy an Organic Turkey | Consumer Reports

USDA Announces $331 Million Investment for Clean Water Infrastructure in Rural Communities; Nearly Half of Grant Funds to Assist Persistently Poor StrikeForce Counties | USDA

EU will have to import cow dung to meet renewables targets, study warns | EurActiv

AG ECONOMICS, FARMING, CROPS, TRADE:

Crop Production Report; Corn Production Up 1 Percent from October Forecast; Soybean Production Up 2 Percent;
Cotton Production Up 1 Percent; Orange Production Up 2 Percent
| USDA

Grain elevators and ethanol plants across the Midwest are shortening dump hours because they are running short of space for corn. Lines are long and corn piles are popping up throughout the Midwest. | DTN

Corn Nears Month-Long Low After USDA Raises Harvest Estimate | usagnet

Ottawa Offering Dairy Sector $350 Million to Soften Impact from Canada-EU Trade Deal (though dairy farmers say that's not enough) | Real Agriculture

USDA Awards $4.3 Million to Ensure Access to Needed Veterinary Services in Rural Communities | USDA

FARMLAND:

US farmland prices to suffer 20% slump, MetLife warns | Agrimoney

Midwest Farm Values Down in 3rd Quarter | Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Brazilian farmland market slides into 'negative returns' | Agrimoney

Record Washington farm values during drought a puzzle | CapitalPress

Cash Rent as a Percent of Farmland Price | Farmdoc Daily

Ongoing weakness in the District’s farm economy in the quarter caused a more significant decline in farmland values. The value of each type of farmland—nonirrigated cropland, irrigated cropland and ranchland—fell more than 6 percent from a year ago. The decrease in the third quarter was the sharpest year-over-year reduction in the value of each type of farmland throughout the District since the mid-1980s. | Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

CLIMATE CHANGE:

Agriculture victim of and solution to climate change | Phys.org

BIOFUELS:

Ethanol is bad for the economy and the environment | Tyler Morning Telegraph

FIBER:

Primark among first in line for European sustainable clothing push | Business Green

Eight ways to make your wardrobe more sustainable (I liked the substitute for dry cleaning!) | VOGUE

NEW BOOK:

Organic Futures: Struggling for Sustainability on the Small Farm (Yale Agrarian Studies Series) | Amazon

COLORADO CORNER:



I found the above tidy, small foil packet lying on my kitchen counter last week. Turned out, it belonged to our son, and it is a Colorado product that he thinks highly of.

HEALTH, FOOD, NUTRITION:

Taking the pulse of a burgeoning trend at the supermarket (pulses) | ABQ Journal

Freeze-drying fruit is tops for retaining nutrients | Food Navigator

Disruption: Soylent Says It Knows Why It Is Making It's Customers Poop and Puke (Flour made from algae) | Climateer Investing

BONUS:

Commercial Dryland Food Forest in Australia (Permaculture) VIDEO




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