Farmland
Lenders fuel hopes that worst is over for US ag machinery market
A survey in US farm states shows its best figure for equipment sales in two years - if still a "very weak" reading. Land prices stay in decline
Land grab fears 'threaten South African ag investment'
The ANC ups pressure for forced land seizure without compensation. But critics say the idea would deter investment and is unconstitutional
Urban sprawl drives up some, but not all, US farmland rent
Investors look for corn belt rents to decline, but in California spreading suburbs are squeezing out farmland, driving rents higher
Land price outlook for corn, soy states better than for wheat country
Strong demand for US corn and soybean exports is helping sentiment in the Midwest farmland market, according to the Federal Reserve
Danish farmland market offers 'substantial opportunities' - Savills
Danish farmland, which at the start of the decade was worth far more than its German equivalent, is now some 35% cheaper, Savills notes
Expect UK farm subsidies 'to drop 20% after Brexit'
Land agency Strutt & Parker warns that farm subsidies, post-Brexit, could increasingly focus on environmental targets, hurting farm incomes
Returns for US grain land investors lowest since at least 1980s
... says Ncreif, flagging "sharp depreciation" in Corn Belt land values last last year. But investors in orchards and groves fare far better
US farmland price falls extend into fifth calendar year
However, the rate of decline in farmland prices is easing, a survey shows. A machinery market rout is losing some ferocity too
Texas farmland values fall across the board
Prices of dryland, irrigated cropland and ranchland drop in the top cotton and beef-producing state for the first time in eight years
Urbanisation to cost China 9% of its crop output
... with Egypt, already the top wheat importer, to lose 37%, academics say, flagging that cities are expanding onto above-average arable land
Adecoagro underlines South America farmland price slowdown
Improved farm economics have yet to be reflected in the market, the farm operator says, talking of contrasting fortunes in Brazil
US farmland prices extend losing streak to three years
US farmland prices are falling for a 36th successive month, says Creighton University, flagging continued weakness in the machinery market too
New Zealand rains dampen land sales, as well as milk output
Wet weather, which is undermining New Zealand milk output, is prompting land vendors to hold off until their farms are "more presentable"