Front & Center: Appraiser Ruby Stroschein keeps tabs on farms and forestry

Written by Michael Guilfoil, this article was first published in the Spokesman-Review on September 11, 2016. Ruby Stroschein’s middle name is Miles – appropriate for a woman who logs nearly 20,000 of them each year. And whenever she sets out from her Moscow office, Stroschein is keenly aware of the minutiae beyond her windshield: what straw…


The importance of good data

Ruby Stroschein appreciates good data. After 30 years running an appraisal business in Moscow, she knows that the details make all the difference when it comes to setting a value on a piece of property. Stroschein said she also knows how poorly the available tools meet the needs of the industry, particularly for rural markets….


Pumped beyond limits, many U.S. aquifers in decline

NATIONWIDE ANALYSIS SHOWS DEPLETION OF GROUNDWATER WIDESPREAD AND WORSENING Story by Ian James and Steve Reilly | Photos and video by Steve Elfers. Reposted from USA Today. SUBLETTE, Kansas – Just before 3 a.m., Jay Garetson’s phone buzzed on the bedside table. He picked it up and read the text: “Low Pressure Alert.” He felt a…


Demand and prices for lumber are rising worldwide

Demand and prices for lumber are rising worldwide, and SE states like Florida are benefitting from it Posted: Sunday, September 6, 2015 12:00 am | via Associated Press LIVE OAK, Fla. – The towering grove of century-old longleaf pines surrounding Roger Ward’s family home is a rare site in this verdant swath of north-central Florida – most pines…


Supply, Demand, and Forecasts

by Sarah Miles, CFO, KeyLock Solutions The USDA Wheat Outlook was published on May 14, 2015. The following are direct excerpts and/or summarized data from the report. Total U.S. wheat use for 2015/16 is projected up 4 percent from the previous year on higher exports, feed and residual use, and food use. The 2015/16 exports…