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 11:09 AM
WASHINGTON — The National Grain and Feed Association is urging the Senate Agriculture Committee to make dramatic changes to reduce the size of the Conservation Reserve Program, which is currently authorized to pay farmers to idle up to 32 million acres of farmland.
Dan Webster and other farmers in the waterlogged Devils Lake (N.D.) Basin haven’t had much to celebrate in recent years. But their area generally has avoided heavy snows so far this winter, and that’s raising hopes for timely planting this spring.
FARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota State Board of Equalization is giving county governments a bigger tolerance for figuring property valuations from their full values for 2012, allowing them “tolerances” to effectively cut tax values of farm and other property for tax purposes.
WASHINGTON — Acting Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will conduct a four-week Conservation Reserve Program general sign-up, beginning on March 12 and ending on April 6.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
February 01, 2012
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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