In the Bigger Picture….

6 Recommended Agricultural Links ○ ○ ○


1 . Have you heard of (!) the Biotech Yield Endorsement? Through it, farmers planting triple-stacked GMO seeds get a 13-20 percent discount on their crop insurance premiums. (Kudos to a Datu Research report, funded by the Walton family.)

By Brain DeVore at the Land Stewardship Project


2 . The “Fresh Thyme Farmers Market” stores are continuing to expand across the Midwest, hoping to have 60 stores by 2019.

By Pamela Riemenschneider for The Packer


3 . This just could be (!) the future: Multiple big equipment marching across big agricultural fields. And, in case you’re wondering why corn silage, think biogas policy in Germany.

8.5 minute Youtube video showing Kemper Machinery (in German)


4 . A coming trend? Poultry consumption is popular, but rife with growing pains from concerned consumers. More choices are becoming available from small operations – producing high quality heritage breeds in healthier environments.

By Matthew Kronsberg for the WSJ


5 . These two Ag Economists told the Wall Street Journal this week how to shave an easy and logical $40 billion off the taxpayers bill for crop-insurance. (paywall)

By Bruce Babcock and Vincent H. Smith, WSJ Opinion


6 . Investors and food insecure nations around the globe have been investing in farmland. This trend could be in its infancy.

from The Economist


Happy New Year Everyone!

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Food and Farm Photos this Week December 29, 2014


Indian farm labourers use shovels as they separate grains of rice from the husks at a grain market in Amritsar on December 23, 2014. India’s finance minister has appealed to opposition parties to cooperate in passage of economic reform legislation, warning otherwise Asia’s third-largest economy ‘will miss the bus’ again. Photo credit: NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images.



A worker prepares uncooked pigs to be roasted in Manila on December 23, 2014, for the busy holiday season. ‘Lechon’, or roasted pig, has always been a regular fare at Philippine festivities, especially during Christmas and New Year celebrations. The Philippines Christmas season runs from December until the second week of January. Photo credit: NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images.



Fresh festive seafood supplies are prepared at the Sydney Fish Market on December 23, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The Sydney Fish Market experience its busiest trade over the Christmas week including the 36 hour marathon from 5am on the 23rd December until 5pm Christmas Eve. Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images.



Vendors prepare cuts of fresh meat for sale at their butchery stall inside the Dorogomilovsky food market in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. The ruble’s rout, sparked by falling oil prices and sanctions imposed on businesses including OAO Sberbank, prompted Russians to begin buying luxury goods from Porsche sports cars to Tiffany rings to preserve the value of their savings. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images.



Heads of beef are pictured at the Rungis international market in Rungis, outside Paris, on December 23, 2014. Photo credit: LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images.



People buy meat from butchers at the annual Christmas Eve auction at Smithfield Market in central London on December 24, 2014. Photo credit: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images.



People enjoy a plate of a paella dish offered as a Christmas gift for poor people by a restaurant owner in Bordeaux, southwestern France on December 25, 2014. Photo credit: JEAN-PIERRE MULLER/AFP/Getty Images.



An Indian vegetable vendor and child warm themselves by a fire at their stall on a cold day in Amritsar on December 26, 2014. Seasonal fog and cold weather is taking hold in northern India. Photo credit: NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images.



Libyan laborers work at an olive oil factory in Tripoli on December 27, 2014. Libya, the twelfth largest olive oil producer in the world, plans to boost its production to compete with its North African neighbours and to expand its exports to Europe. Photo credit: MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images.



A sheep stands in a snow-covered farmyard near the village of Marsden, northern England, on December 27, 2014. Overnight flurries left parts of Britain blanketed in snow on December 27, causing power shortages and delays at airports. Photo credit: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images.



Turkeys, guinea fowls, duckling and pheasants are seen for sale on a stall at the Victor Hugo market in downtown Toulouse, France on December 27, 2014. Photo credit: REMY GABALDA/AFP/Getty Images.



Revelers, dressed in mock military uniforms, take part in the battle of ‘Enfarinats’, a flour fight, in the town of Ibi, south-eastern Spain, on December 28, 2014. Ibi’s citizens annually celebrate the Els Enfarinats, a 200-year-old traditional festival part of the celebrations of the Day of the Innocents, with a battle using flour, eggs and firecrackers outside the city town hall. Photo credit: JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images.



Workers arrange watermelons at a market in Manila on December 28, 2014. Filipinos believe that displaying 12 different round-shaped fruits – one representing each month of the year – at home before New Year’s Day welcomes prosperity. Photo credit: NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images.