Capital Agricultural Property Services (CAPS) offers farm management to all types of property owners and investors nationwide. CAPS real estate professionals provide brokerage services for farms for sale via private treaty or auction, as well as buyer broker representation. CAPS’ offices and associates are strategically located in the prime agricultural regions of the U. S. giving us a unique perspective and skill set to help landowners meet their goals and objectives. In 2011, CAPS celebrated its 25th year as an agricultural leader in farmland real estate sales and property management.
Farm Industry News and Updates
Recently, the Supreme Court in United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc., set a precedent that landowners may challenge the Corps’ jurisdictional determination specifying that a piece of property contains a “water of the United States.” The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association filed an amicus brief in support of Hawkes. NCBA President Tracy Brunner said this is a major victory for landowners across the country. Read more.
Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business has started a new publication focused on tailoring business insights to the world of food and agriculture. The Purdue Food and Agribusiness Quarterly Review is a compilation of expert faculty reviews of business books, research papers and articles. Reviewers also offer insights to make the concepts in the original articles applicable specifically to food and agricultural businesses. The review’s first edition is online.
Farmers who employ Internet-connected and precision farming equipment should be very mindful of the way they configure their devices, the FBI warned in a public statement advisory at the end of March. The Bureau, together with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), issued the note as an alert to the growing security threat. The FBI is particularly warning against data breaches that may expose farming data saved with various companies or on cloud accounts. Read more.
AgFunder, an agriculture-focused online investment platform, reported a record $4.6 billion of investment into the agriculture technologies sector for 2015, almost double the $2.36 billion invested in 2014, and outpacing growth in the broader venture capital market. Over the past five years, global investment in the ag tech sector has markedly accelerated from barely $500 million in 2012 to approaching $5 billion as entrepreneurs and investors look to tackle production and sustainability issues facing the farming sector. Access the AgFunder news page.
Farms are getting a bit bigger, but there are less of them, according to the USDA’s annual Farm and Land in Farms report. The U.S. was down 18,000 farms in 2015 compared to 2014. With an estimated 2.07 million farms in the U.S., the land in farms fell 1 million acres totaling 912 million acres in farmland. More details and link to full report.
Agriculture Data: Putting Farmers in the Driver’s Seat – Farmers collect valuable data every time their equipment passes through fields and that information will fuel tomorrow’s innovation. But currently the potential of this resource is not being fully realized. The Agricultural Data Coalition, or ADC, is dedicated to helping farmers get the most out of their newest asset. Our mission is focused on designing, creating and managing a central repository where farmers can store their information and oversee how it is accessed. Data farming will be key to agriculture’s future, and farmers should be in control. Visit the website for more details.
“Farmers are increasing their use of information technology devices, and for those who use them, they tend to access information to help with farming decisions,” said J. Gordon Arbuckle Jr., sociologist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The poll asked farmers about their use of various information technology and communication devices including basic cell phones, smartphones, computers, tablets and type of access to the Internet. The survey was completed by 1,090 Iowa farmers. These findings are included in the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll report.
Prudential Agricultural Investments has just released its 2015 4th quarter market update, which provides an overview of U.S. agriculture and timber markets. The newly redesigned newsletter covers commodities across the major growing regions of the country. 4th Qtr 2015 Market Update.
Biofuels consumed under the expanded Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) have reduced U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 354 million metric tons of CO2-equivalent since 2008, according to a new analysis conducted by California-based Life Cycle Associates. The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), which sponsored the study, said the findings have important implications for the pending final rule for 2014–2016 RFS volumes. Read analysis.
Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden has announced a commitment by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prioritize $5.6 billion over the next two years within USDA programs and services that serve new and beginning farmers and ranchers. She also announced a new, tailored web tool designed to connect burgeoning farm entrepreneurs with programs and resources available to help them get started. The new web tool is here.
Farming has become increasingly complex, and farmers must consider many factors as they weigh decisions about planting and fertilizing, pest and disease management and soil and water conservation. As they gather information and advice to make decisions, farmers rely on a variety of professional advisers to varying degrees, according to the 2014 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll. The poll results led to some surprises, said J. Gordon Arbuckle Jr., a sociologist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach who authored the latest Farm Poll report, and who noted that the result point to opportunities for agricultural advisers to get more involved in helping farmers to evaluate and address their soil and water conservation needs. Download report.
“Farmers are increasing their use of information technology devices, and for those who use them, they tend to access information to help with farming decisions,” said J. Gordon Arbuckle Jr., sociologist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The poll asked farmers about their use of various information technology and communication devices including basic cell phones, smartphones, computers, tablets and type of access to the Internet. The survey was completed by 1,090 Iowa farmers. These findings are included in the report.
A wet spring and low prices kept many farmers from planting all the ground they wanted in 2015. Farm Futures’ first survey of 2016 planting intentions shows growers planning expansion in the year ahead. Summary of survey results.
In recent years, farmers and ranchers have enjoyed profitable times, but many experts, including the USDA, are predicting stress ahead in the ag economy. The American Bankers Association is helping producers prepare by providing key financial considerations. To help producers prepare financially for the changing agricultural economy, ABA has prepared a list of tips.
Agricultural producers rented and farmed 353.8 million acres of farmland, according to the results of the 2014 Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL) survey results released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Of these acres, 80 percent are owned by non-farming landlords. Read more and access survey.
Sensors of various types topped the list of “15 Emerging Agriculture Technologies that Will Change the World,” according to futurist Michell Zappa. See the full list.
The American Farm Bureau Federation and Measure released a study that identifies and quantifies the benefits of drone technology in precision agriculture. Version 1.0 of the ROI Calculator will be available as a web-based application on the Measure website; additional functionality will be added over time to include more drone applications and types of crops. The ROI Calculator quantifies the economic benefits of Drone as a Service for three applications: field crop scouting, 3D terrain mapping, and crop insurance. It initially covers three of the largest production crops-corn, wheat, and soybeans-allowing growers to quickly and easily determine if drone technology warrants further exploration after they input information about their farm into the ROI Calculator. A fact sheet of the study.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced a new report on discoveries by USDA researchers that have led to new patents and inventions with the potential for further reaching applications and economic growth. USDA innovations included in this annual report range from USDA supported research that could offer solutions for millions who suffer allergies from peanuts and wheat to safe mosquito control that can help halt the transmission of diseases they spread, and others. Details
A senior Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) official said the agency expects to finalize regulations for U.S. commercial drone operations within the next 12 months – optimistically before June 17, 2016. Advocates of the technology predict that unmanned aerial systems will transform a number of industries, including agriculture, real estate, news, retail delivery and entertainment. Read more.
According to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, Congress took a stand to support American businesses, communities and families, rural and urban alike by passing the Trade Promotion Authority legislation. He noted that TPA will help to secure the future of American agriculture and the rural way of life, and will protect American workers, create new opportunities for rural businesses, and protect the environment. Read more.
A recent surveys shows women make up more than half of today’s agriculture graduates in the U.S. Assistant dean emeritus for Purdue University’s College of Agriculture Allan Goecker says there have been some big changes since the survey began in 1980. “The number of women graduates probably has increased in the neighborhood of 50 to 75 percent from where we were in 1980,” he says. Every 5 years since 1980 the US Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has measured employment opportunities for college graduates in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, and the environment. This report is the eighth in a series of five-year projections initiated by USDA in 1980. Link to full report.
CAPS’ Executive Manager Tim Harris gave a presentation on farmland leases to land owners. The talk has been broken into three video clips, Land Lease Basics, Negotiation Tips and Rental Rates. The clips can be viewed on the CAPS YouTube Channel.