STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Finding a 'fair' farmland rental rate
Last fall, I did an Agweek cover story on rising farmland rental rates across the area. The story looked at how drought and volatile crop prices complicate arriving at a rate on which farmers and land... Posted on 2/15/13 at 10:09 AM
LEMOORE, Calif. — Cash-strapped farmers in California’s agricultural heartland and environmentalists at odds over water rights and wildlife protections finally agree on something: that thousands of acres of cracked, salty farmland is the perfect site for a sprawling utility-scale solar farm.
WORTHINGTON — At the end of each year for the last 16 years, a survey has been conducted for farmland sales in 14 southwest Minnesota counties. The survey reports bare farmland sales to nonrelated parties for the first six months of each year.
The Red River Valley contains some of the world’s finest farmland. But there are signs, including comments by a top agricultural leader, that area farmers will need to make sacrifices to control future flooding. “The only way this is going to work, in my opinion, is if everybody gives up something, and that includes farmers,” said Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn.
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