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InFocus: How much is cropland worth in your state this year?

first_imgClick here or on the image above to view it at full size in a new window. advertisementadvertisementDeclining U.S. cropland values and rental rates reflected the pressures of lower commodity prices in 2015-16.Based on June 2016 surveys, the average values of U.S. farm real estate, including all land and buildings on farms, were down 0.3 percent from 2015 values. U.S. average cropland values decreased 1.0 percent.Progressive Dairyman provides a look at state cropland values, ranked by value per acre, as well as cropland rent per acre and annual rent as a percentage of average value.last_img read more

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Jones: Florida should be motivated to win at Vanderbilt

first_imgGAINESVILLE — If ever a Florida team should be motivated to win a football game, this has to be it. The Gators fell behind early and were beaten bad by Vanderbilt, 34-17, last fall at The Swamp.It was the first time since 1945 that the ‘Dores won a game at Florida Field and ended a 22-game winning streak against Vandy. Then UF quarterback Tyler Murphy (now at Boston College) had four turnovers that led to three Commodores touchdowns. Vandy had just 12 first downs and 183 yards total offense but took a 17-3 lead at the half and never looked back.The loss was perhaps the low point in Will Muschamp’s four years as head coach at Florida. On Saturday, Florida visits Vanderbilt with Muschamp clinging to his job. Motivation for the Gators?Linebacker Bryan Cox: “Bad. I mean, there’s not really a word to describe it. We hadn’t lost since 1945, so it obviously wasn’t good.”Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves: “It was a tough season, it obviously wasn’t very good. It was a lot of shock, but, you know, we’re past that and I guess we owe them one.”In the bag! Gators’ Publix worker runs trick play as UF beats GeorgiaSafety Jabari Gorman: “I felt like all last season was embarrassing, not just to us, but to this program.”Which brings us back to just what it would mean to beat Vanderbilt this time. It’s beyond revenge or embarrassment. It’s about survival. In several ways.The magical number for Muschamp to save his job, since the season opener was canceled due to weather, seems to be seven wins. Florida is 4-3 and after Vandy hosts South Carolina and Eastern Kentucky before traveling to Florida State. There still could be a bowl game to play but logic tells you the next three games could determine the future of the head coach.A 38-20 shockingly easy win against Georgia last week certainly helps his status. But this game has danger written all over it. Vandy hasn’t won an NCAA game in five tries. Florida ran for 418 yards against the Bulldogs and 10th in the SEC in rushing defense, allowing 170.9 yards a game. With freshman Treon Harris making his second career start at quarterback for the Gators it’s only logical UF will try to run it down the ‘Dores throats.Matt Jones and Kelvin Taylor are both coming off career games with 197 and 192 yards rushing against the ‘Dawgs. Jones was out for the season with a knee injury by the time Vanderbilt arrived last fall, Taylor had 47 yards on 14 rushes.“I did horrible last year versus them. I’m just going to try to go out there and have a great game, help my teammates win and just play my game and have fun,” Taylor said.Players back Gators coach Will MuschampFlorida will be without Keanu Neal (sprained ankle) at safety. He’s UF’s big play defensive back this year. Vanderbilt (3-6 overall) is coming off a 42-28 win against Old Dominion in non-conference play in which Ralph Webb, a native of Gainesville, rushed for 166 yards and has 760 for the season.“He’s really playing well, he’s going to set the freshman record there at Vanderbilt as far as rushing yards are concerned,” Muschamp said. “He’s a guy that we really liked out of high school. He’s a very good football player, runs extremely hard. Whenever you play a guy like that, certainly I’m sure he has a chip on his shoulder. But it doesn’t look like it’s just against the Gators, it’s against everybody he plays against. He’s a really good player.”The Gators have an outside shot at getting back into the SEC East race but Florida’s season has been so fragile that Muschamp doesn’t dare even think that way.“I guess everybody’s motivated differently, but now it goes through Nashville. It goes through Vanderbilt for us,” Muschamp said. “We just need to take care of Florida and Vanderbilt and have laser focus on Saturday night and what we need to do to be successful. Because really if we don’t take care of our business nothing else matters. And that’s really where we are at this point.”Motivation?“Just look at the film from last year and that should be all the motivation we need,” lineman Chaz Green said of Vandy.last_img read more

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Mira Sorvino thanks ‘loving’ “Goodfellas” dad Paul after he threatens to kill Harvey Weinstein for damaging her career

first_imgPhoto by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — It’s probably not wise to get on the bad side of one of cinema’s most powerful onscreen mobsters, but that’s where Harvey Weinstein now finds himself. Goodfellas star Paul Sorvino has vowed some street justice for the disgraced movie mogul’s damaging the career of Sorvino’s Oscar-winning daughter, Mira.In the wake of the numerous sexual harassment and other allegations made against Weinstein, it was revealed the disgraced movie mogul effectively punished both Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd for rejecting his alleged advances, by badmouthing them to Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, who was considering them both for roles in the films.Paul Sorvino tells TMZ that if the law doesn’t catch up to “that pig” Weinstein, “he will have to meet me and I will kill that motherf***er.” Sorvino explained that the former movie titan would have been “in a wheelchair” if the “furious” actor knew what the executive allegedly tried to pull with his “wonderful, creative” daughter. On Twitter, Mira responded, “My love for my father has only continued to grow since this moment. All the love in my heart! He is the most loving father, the most brilliant actor…the wisest and most human advice giver, & best Grandpa ever!!”Jackson recently revealed to the New Zealand website Stuff that he was told to avoid Sorvino and Judd because they were difficult to work with. “At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us — but in hindsight…this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing,” said Jackson.  “I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women — and as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list.”Through his rep, Weinstein has denied any accusations of retaliation.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

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President Florentino Perez pushes Isco towards Real Madrid exit

first_img 05/08/2016 Upd. at 23:20 According to AS, Madrid have put Isco on the market. The Spaniard has been chosen in part because of commercial reasons. Zidane wanted to keep the Malagueno in the team and sell James Rodriguez, just based on football reasons.  Madrid are willing to listen to offers for Isco, although they won’t sell him for just any price. Francesc J. Gimenocenter_img CEST Florentino Perez and Zinedine Zidane are not in agreement over who should jump off the shop to free up a place for Marco Asensio, the latest whim of the Real Madrid president. After a long tug of war it seems it has ended up being Isco, the man the president wanted out. He has lost faith in the Colombian and thinks that Isco brings more to the side. Perez, on the other hand, just has eyes for the Colombian. As well as costing 80 million euros, James is much more marketable. last_img read more