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  • Trends to Watch in Agriculture

    Here are a few for your consideration.

    1. Continued adaptation of technology.
    2. Big data - making it useful and usable.
    3. Biologicals - more players, improving products.
    4. Regulations - particularly around water usage/rights.
    5. Demand - feeding 9 billion by 2050.

    When you look into your crystal ball, what do you see ahead?

  • #2
    Your number 5 made me think of a neighbor of mine. He graduated high school 1957. Told me a few years ago that when he was in high school vo-ag class, they told them the future looked bright in ag. Because the population was going to increase and the demand for food, agriculture would reap the benefits. Well here we are ,58 years later, and we are still out-producing the demand. I guess your numbers 1-3 will take care of number 5.

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    • #3
      We ve not seen a big war in last 57 years, only many small one's. Rich are doing OK, but, the poor are getting poorer. Some religions think they are the ones to own it all, just need to kill off all the others. They are not hiding their intensions. Many in this country are at the games while Rome burns. Didn't listen to the Windbag last night, his mouth would be moving so what was coming out would be a lie.

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      • #4
        problem with muslims taking over the world is population would take a dive as starvation sets in,already in Iraq where Isis controlled areas farmers cannot gain access to their land and where they can,fertilizer is not available and no assurances Isis will buy their grain,In the middle east they cannot feed themselves now,some of this is because of climate,but it's going to get worse.Maybe there will be a bright side to this as the people get hungry and revolt against Isis.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by H. Bell View Post
          We ve not seen a big war in last 57 years, only many small one's. Rich are doing OK, but, the poor are getting poorer. Some religions think they are the ones to own it all, just need to kill off all the others. They are not hiding their intensions. Many in this country are at the games while Rome burns. Didn't listen to the Windbag last night, his mouth would be moving so what was coming out would be a lie.
          Yes, H. Bell, as I said in another post, our Christian nation has been responsible for the death of over a million Muslims over the last quarter century or so. Our Christian nation killed off and walled off the American Indian so we could make the land our own. For more than a century our nation has undermined and attacked nations that want a socialistic system. A few examples: Iran, Chile, most central American nations.

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          • #6
            Agreed we have treated the American Indian very bad. But a lot of those other countries you mention have done it to themselves, they didn't need our help. You think Mexico is our fault?

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            • #7
              Freedom Fluke you oracle of excrement why do you have to infect threads outside of politics with your bs? I am going to attempt to be nice. First I would suggest you consult real numbers that more Muslims have killed other Muslims, Muslims have killed more Christians than what the US has killed Muslims. Secondly this is about prospects for growth. My father had been in the grain business and his father before him. Quite by accident I got all of my father's p & L's and have my grandfathers books back to 1935. Markets were quite depressed in the 30's and you were fortunate to make $100/mo. The first big break was the baby boom of the 50's and improved nutrition. Corn went over $1/bu. When the Russians entered the markets in the 70's corn had a brief pop over $3/bu. The markets chugged along with price supports and government intervention and never any real money other than government subsidies. Everyone envisioned China "and one tablespoon of veg oil a week could increase the prices if China became a market". China opened the first part of this century. Free markets will provide greater trade and profits will promote better development of options for our products. My father in law started with nothing has built a quite substantial business and ships product all around the world. He began shipping protein to Iran in the late 70's. His wife is 1/4 Cherokee Indian. What is your recollection of the Trail of Tears? I would say move on with your bs to something important rather than incrimination. You are probably a small owner of farmland that has less than 50 acres and a retired government employee on a pension. You have never done a thing worthwhile in your life other than monitor the life of others. Post your threads and I will not participate. I think it increasingly apparent that most are tired of your inane and political bs. Obama's number could not be any lower for a SOTU. Please leave the rest of us alone.

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              • #8
                hindesite is always 20/20.

                Indians also have ALOT of resources available to better their lives if they so choose, goes back to that personal responsibility thing that some have issues with.

                I am sure an indian claimed your land at one time freedom farmer, I am sure they will be happy to hear you plan on giving your property back to them.

                Are you sure in the countries you mention, the people want socialism, or is it demanded by those in power.

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                • #9
                  No, H. Bell, I didn't say anything about Mexico. I was referring to Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua especially. These other nations that I mentioned wanted to try an economic system that was more fair to the average citizen. The US thought this was dangerous and would not allow it. We used coups and arms smuggling to stop these 'dangerous' socialist tendencies. Democracy in other nations is not allowed unless it is our kind of democracy.

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                  • #10
                    village, I do know that in Chile and Iran there were reasonably free and fair elections. US sponsored coups destroyed their democracies and brought horrendously evil leaders to their nations. I'm sure a little googling will tell you a lot. The indians were socialists and so they had to be wiped out. Personally, my hope is that we can someday have a much more socialist society yet retaining private property. We need a means to keep wealth inequality to a minimum and to reduce our need for ever more energy and resources. We are running out of time with 'fouling our own nest.'

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                    • #11
                      drove thru the rez in nebraska, about fell over, new hospital, near new school with field turf football field, many in our inner cities wish they had some of that ii am sure. How they make use of what they have available, not so sure.

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                      • #12
                        Notice how freedom farter makes note of how our "Christian" nation was/is at fault. Just like our commander in chief, the "other side" bears no responsibility.

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                        • #13
                          newspaper reporter interviewing old indian chief,asked what he thought if white man policies,chief thought for a moment,said before whiteman came,no gov't no taxes,men fished and hunted all the time,women did all the work,only whiteman stupid enuf to think he could improve system like that.

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                          • #14
                            steffy, you easily have the BEST post of the day!

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                            • #15
                              I'm tempted to shut down this thread and try again. We do have a politics forum where I let you all snipe at each other all day long. Does it really need to bleed over into threads like this?

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