CHICAGO (Reuters) – Agriculture is poised to drive economic growth and job creation led by the dynamic north central region but proposed budget cuts may threaten that outlook, a study by an Ohio-based research firm said.
“Cuts are proposed in forthcoming budgets: cuts that will ripple through a system that leverages federal funding with state and local matching financial support,” Battelle, a Columbus, Ohio, research group, said in the study.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Rich countries grabbing farmland in Africa to feed their growing populations can leave rural populations there without land or jobs and make the continent’s hunger problem more severe, an environmental think tank said on Tuesday.
The trend is accelerating as wealthier countries in the Middle East and Asia, particularly China, seek new land to plant crops, lacking enough fertile ground to meet their own food needs, Washington DC-based Worldwatch Institute said.
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – Soaring farmland values in the past year are causing worries among agricultural bankers that a farmland “bubble” may be brewing similar to one that triggered the farm crisis of the 1980s.
But the fears are tempered by a healthy agricultural economy. Farmers have used record incomes as commodity prices spiked to reduce debt, upgrade equipment — and buy land.
, July 21 (Reuters) – Soaring U.S. farmland
values in the past year are causing worries among agricultural
bankers that a farmland “bubble” may be brewing similar to one
that triggered the farm crisis of the 1980s.
But the fears are tempered by a healthy U.S. agricultural
economy. Farmers have used record incomes as commodity prices
spiked to reduce debt, upgrade equipment — and buy land.
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – Climate and food production is a subject that needs more study in coming years but for now even the U.S. Agriculture Department finds it almost impossible to estimate the effects of one on the other.
“They are very elaborate models,” said USDA’s chief economist Joseph Glauber, referring to climate-crop forecasting in an interview on Tuesday on the sidelines of a farm lending conference at the Kansas City Federal Reserve.
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – A top Federal Reserve official said on Thursday the U.S. economy should grow at a modest pace for the next several years, but issued a harsh criticism of the U.S. central bank’s just-concluded bond buying program.
“The outlook for the U.S. economy is that we will continue to grow at a modest pace of somewhere between 2.5 (percent), on a good quarter, 3 percent, at least in terms of next year and the year beyond,” said Kansas City Fed President Thomas Hoenig.
CHICAGO, June 10 (Reuters) – A red-hot corn market is
spilling over to wheat, especially in the southeastern U.S.
where hog and poultry producers are scrambling to cover their
feed needs through the summer, grain traders said on Friday.
“What we are finding is that they want and need wheat,”
said Roy Huckabay, an analyst with The Linn Group in Chicago.
“They are feeding wheat. They are going to feed a lot of it.”
CHICAGO (Reuters) – A changing climate that many scientists fear will hurt global crop production means seed makers must work harder to meet food needs as world population grows by 30 percent by 2050, a top world seed executive said.
“Agriculture production is moving to the north because those climates are becoming warmer. Some of those environments are also very conducive to some good agricultural production,” Paul Schickler, president of Pioneer Hi-Bred, a unit of chemicals giant DuPont, told Reuters on Friday.
MINNEAPOLIS, May 16 (Reuters) – Grain trading in the local
cash wheat market is often routine and quiet, with flour
millers and exporters taking turns to bid on the high-protein
hard red spring wheat grown in North Dakota and Minnesota.
But this spring has been anything but routine, with a
scramble clearly on among users of the grain, which is highly
sought for its flour yields and to blend with lower-protein
wheats to meet customer contracts.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – A U.S. government agency moved a step closer on Saturday to blowing up a Mississippi River levee to control flooding after a court decision cleared the way for it to proceed.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials said they dispatched barges to the Birds Point levee near Cairo, Illinois, carrying a slurry mix that could be used to detonate the levee. The barges are set to arrive at Cairo from Hickman, Kentucky, late on Saturday.