Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Agriculture, Farming, and Food Reading Picks for this Week

"Loaded Haycart" by Gustave Caillebotte. c.1874.

This Tuesday news thread is a weekly feature here at Big Picture Agriculture. (For your daily up-to-the-minute agriculture news, go to this site's sister webpage, Agriculture News Daily.)

  1. Federal Tax Credits Drive Foreign Wind Investment; Nearly $5 Billion In Tax Credits Go To Just Six Foreign Companies | Flatland
  2. Giving Away The (Wind) Farm; Rush To Attract Wind Turbine Investors Leaves Rural School Districts In Kansas Shortchanged | Flatland
  3. Electricity Will Shape Future Farms | Agweb
  4. Agrophotovoltaics increases land use efficiency by over 60 percent | Phys.org
  5. Sustainable farming systems in Spain, China and Korea receive global recognition | FAO
  6. USDA Predicts “King Soybean” by 2019 - Soybeans to Top Corn Acres in 2019 | Farm Bureau
  7. Challenges Facing Young, First-Generation Farmers | DTN
  8. Scientists demand end to crop-based biofuels | Euractiv
  9. First Ethanol Shipment Departs from Beaumont Terminal Constructed by Green Plains and Jefferson Energy Companies | Globe News Wire
  10. Quote: Green Plains Inc. and Jefferson Energy Companies, a subsidiary of Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC, today announced that their joint venture, JGP Energy Partners, loaded its first vessel with nearly 3 million gallons of ethanol destined for Brazil. The joint venture is currently loading its second shipment of 10 million gallons of ethanol on a vessel bound for India.
  11. Iowa leaders shared mixed reaction to new ethanol, biodiesel levels | DesMoines Register
  12. Farming Strategies for a Challenging Ag Economic Environment | Rabobank
  13. Quote: Although the row crop economy appears to be nearing a low point, Rabobank analysis suggests that U.S. growers will continue to face low growth, low margins, and thus low returns on invested capital, over the next five years. This, coupled with increasing export competition from Brazil, Ukraine, Russia, and other growing regions, means there is clearly a need for U.S. growers to reinvent themselves.
  14. Subsidies keep small farms going (Indiana) | Herald Bulletin
  15. Comment: Or, not so small...
  16. $1 billion to catalyze sustainable food production announced by Rabobank and UN Environment to start in Brazil and Indonesia | Rabobank
  17. IGC raises global grains production forecast | World-Grain
  18. Brazil soybean farmers are worried about low profitability due to oversupply | Successful Farming
  19. Where Corn Is King, the Stirrings of a Renaissance in Small Grains | Yale E360
  20. American Farm Towns, With Changing Priorities, Reject Industrial Agriculture - Meatpackers, including Tyson Foods and its chicken processing, struggle to win support for new plants | WSJ (paywall)
  21. Farmland Partners Announces Closing Of $110 Million Acquisition Of California Farmland | Markets Insider
  22. Rabobank: Animal protein output to rise in all regions | World-Grain
  23. US to fuel dip in world wheat area to 5-year low in 2018-19 | High Plains Journal
  24. Small Michigan Family Dairy Farms Squeezed Out Because Of Modern Demands | 9 and 10 news
  25. Iowa farmer named on Forbes' 30 Under 30 list for online fertilizer, seed sales | Forbes
  26. 'Super beans' raise hopes in hunger-prone parts of Africa | AP
  27. Croatian farmers cashing in on growing Helichrysum italicum - a wild daisy curry flower | NYTs
  28. Saving Money, Time and Soil: The Economics of No-Till Farming | USDA
  29. Ocean plastic a 'planetary crisis' | BBC
  30. Comment: Garbage removal and services are a luxury of advanced economies. The food industry uses tons of plastic and packaging to sell food which is then safer and contributes to less food waste at the expense of more plastic garbage waste. While eliminating food waste gets all the media headlines, the topic of plastic garbage associated with selling food gets ignored.
  31. Sell-by dates are a myth peddled by supermarkets to make us buy more | DailyMail
  32. Number of chain grocery stores increased from 2005 to 2015, while number of independent grocery stores showed little growth | USDA Chart
  33. The food lobby is splintering as companies disagree about how to respond to changing consumer tastes | Politico

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