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New Bobcat V723 Telescopic Tool
Bobcat Company has expanded its line with the new V723 VersaHANDLER® telescopic tool carrier. The new V723 expands the Bobcat family of VersaHANDLER telescopic tool carriers, also known as telehandlers, making it ideal for operators who need extended reach and greater lift capacity. The durable V723 is in the 7,000- to 8,000-pound size class, and it can confidently handle heavy loads. Its low profile fits on more farms and construction jobsites while easy maneuverability provides operators with enhanced comfort throughout the day. The new V723 features the Power Quick-Tach attachment mounting system to increase utilization. The machine’s boom pivot has a thick steel reinforcement for enhanced durability and long life. Protection for vital parts, such as the lift cylinder, and brackets designed to support maximum loads, reduces stress on the machine’s boom, pivot point and chassis.

National Young Farmers Coalition Teams Up With Data Visualization Firm To Help Farmers Buy Land
Finding Farmland was launched by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) and Fathom Information Design. Features include a first-of-its kind land affordability calculator that makes it easy for farmers to learn about options for financing farmland and tools, such as easements, to help make it more affordable. Finding Farmland is a free educational tool for farmers and farm service providers, such as extension agents, and can be used as a standalone resource or integrated into a farm business planning course. Farmers can use the tool to analyze the financial impact that different options for financing a land purchase would have on their bottom line, or to compare the overall costs of two different properties.

USDA Invests in Research on Next Generation of Agricultural Technology
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced 17 grants for research on the next generation of agricultural technologies and systems to meet the growing demand for food, fuel, and fiber. The grants are funded through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

USDA Offers Targeted Farm Loan Funding for Underserved Groups and Beginning Farmers
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) New York State Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director Mark Dennis reminds producers that FSA offers specially targeted farm ownership and farm operating loans to underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers and ranchers. During fiscal year 2017 (Oct. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2017), New York State FSA obligated $29,615,160 in loans to underserved borrowers and beginning farmers and ranchers. For more information on FSA’s farm loan programs and underserved and beginning farmer guidelines, please contact your local FSA office. Find your local FSA office here.