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Tuesday 6th January 2015.
Gemma Hyland - TheCropSite Editor

Gemma Hyland


Global Analytics


No Farmers and Ranchers Under 35 by 2033

The United States has a rich agricultural history. Family farms once employed nearly half of the country’s work force.

But as long-time farmers and ranchers grow older, it is becoming increasingly difficult to pass on the family farm or find young employees to pick up the reins at large corporate ranches.

Only two per cent of today’s workers are employed at US farms or ranches, finds a new study published in the journal Rangelands.

Using statistics, maps, and graphs, the authors of the study consider nearly 90 years of census and other data related to these trends, examining how the agricultural community is aging and consider ways to inspire interest in farming and ranching.

Also this week...

The latest data in relation to ethanol production and stocks suggests that US ethanol producers are continuing to take advantage of relatively inexpensive grains, despite five-year low gasoline prices.

India has recorded a drop in rabi sowing as of 2nd of January, at 55.28 million hectares.

During the same period last year, rabi sowing was recorded at 57.96 million hectares.

~ Gemma

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Toxins in Nectar and Pollen Poison Insects, Affect their Memory
Natural toxins in nectar and pollen can poison insects and affect their memory, behaviour and reproductive success, researchers have found.

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India’s Rabi Sowing Down at 55.28 Million Hectares
SOPA Hails Import Duty Hike on Edible Oils
Maize Scientist: Adopt Hybrid Tech to Improve Productivity in Agriculture
Maharashtra Cotton Crops Hit by Mar Disease

   United States

Lower Grain Prices Help US Ethanol Stocks to Swell
Substantial Decline Seen in US High Plains Aquifer Groundwater Levels
EPA Approves First Seed Treatment to Protect Against Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome, Nematodes
Study Predicts No Farmers and Ranchers under 35 by 2033
IFES 2014: Crop and Livestock Price Prospects for 2015
US Feed Industry Official Announces Retirement
Lower US Maize, Wheat Areas Anticipated for 2015
Using Weedy Rice Traits to Boost Cultivated Rice Yields
Mississippi Ag Values Set to Top $7 Billion
Students Recognised at Project Conference for Sub-Saharan African Farmers
New Potato Variety: A Colourful Dish for the Holidays
K-State Sorghum Production Schools Scheduled for February


Chinese Food Prices Rise Slightly
Chinese Food Prices Rise Slightly
Slide in Ruble to Hit Chinese Agricultural Exports
China Set to Advance Modernisation of Agriculture

   United Kingdom

Northern Ireland Minister Sets Out Agriculture, Fishery Priorities for 2015
NFU President: Government Must 'Embrace Optimism'
HGCA Conference: Strengths and Weaknesses of Fungicides Tested
Knighthood for Former NFU President
Farmers Need to be Encouraged to Invest
HGCA Board Gains Valuable Experience
NFU Urges: Celebrate New Year Safely Without Sky Lanterns
Renewables Revolution in the Scottish Countryside
Practical Tips to Help Livestock Farmers Turn over New Leaf in 2015


Funding for Innovative Agri-food Projects


Wheat Yield Losses Predicted Due to Rising Temperatures
New Group Set Up for More Sustainable Rice
Model Shows Wheat Harvest May Fall with Global Warming
World Cotton Prices Forecast to Remain Flat
Cargill to Pursue Feed Acquisitions But Not Nutreco

   European Union

EU Supports Cambodia's Agricultural Progress


Albania Set to Resume Meat and Agricultural Exports to Russia


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