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Land values surge; Time to buy iron?

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    The farm land market was front-and-center this week, as new estimates show continued sharp value gains in major crop areas. It's just one of the big stories in ag this week.

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    Prices like those have investors flooding the marketplace. But, they're not always the most informed when it comes to the farm land sector. See some ways this could change the market and how you can be a good land investor.

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    Land's not the only hot marketplace right now. Between healthy profits and now, year-end tax implications, the farm machinery and equipment marketplace is heating up. But, the clock is ticking, says Greg "Machinery Pete" Peterson. See some year-end buying tips from Pete.

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    So, is it time to buy a new tractor for your farm? If you're on the fence about it, how should you decide? See what other farmers say goes into their tractor-buying decisions. What's high on your list?

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    Elsewhere this week, former leaders from the now-defunct brokerage firm MF Global were grilled by Senate Ag Committee members after farmers and others testified about their losses stemming from the firm's bankruptcy and alleged commingling of customer funds.

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    Another hot topic out of Washington, D.C., came this week in the recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) that cell phones be banned from all use by drivers, even with hands-free devices. The move could have a lot of implications for life and work on the farm. What do you think of the recommendation?

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    Those wild up-and-down grain markets are just one of the biggest stories of the year in agriculture. This time of year, we like to take stock of what's been big in ag. Is it markets, weather or global economic problems? Chime in and add your 2 cents' worth!

The farm land market was front-and-center this week, as new estimates show continued sharp value gains in major crop areas. It's just one of the big stories in ag this week.

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