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Farmland Investments Overview

With stock markets gyrating wildly and bonds offering little reward, investors are pouring billions into farms; you can’t eat gold Perry Vieth baled hay on a neighbor’s farm in Wisconsin for two summers during high school in 1972 and 1973. The grueling labor left him with no doubt about getting a college degree so that he’d never have to work as hard again for a paycheck. Thirty-eight years later, and after a career as a securities lawyer and fixed-income trader, Vieth is back on the farm.…

Brazil’s dairy sector seeks a comeback

Source: U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) In 2008, Brazil looked well on its way to becoming a significant player on the world dairy market. Export volumes had more than doubled over a two-year stretch to 1.1 million tons. The country posted a record dairy trade surplus (more than 630,000 tons) when only six years earlier it had run a 1-million-ton deficit. The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy in its 2009 Global­ization Report called out Brazil as one of a handful of emerging nations that could eventually…

Brazil´s Soy Boom drives an expansion of the railway networks

Despite challenges like high interest rates and high household electricity tariffs, the Brazilian economy has been growing at the highest rates seen in decades. Another problem that, although it has not stood in the way of growth, must be overcome is the costly use of roads for transporting farm products – an issue that is being addressed by the expansion of railway networks. Driving the 215 kilometres between Cuiaba and Rondonopolis, in the west-central state of Mato Grosso, is an exercise in patience.…

Mitsubishi Corporation will participate in desalinated water to the Chilean mining industry

Mitsubishi Corporation, through Cleanairtech Sudamerica S.A. (CAT), which is a company jointly operated with CAP, will provide desalinated water to Cerro Negro Norte Iron Ore Mine from 2013 for approximately 20years. The water will be supplied through a pipeline from a newly constructed desalination plant in the Copiapo region, located south of the Atacama Desert. The project cost is 180 Million USD, which will be one-third financed by equity and two-thirds by loans. In parts of north of Chile, the shortage…

Brazil’s Congress And Foreign Land Ownership

Brazil’s Congress And Foreign Land Ownership By Alastair Stewart | dtnprogressivefarmer.com It’s been nearly a year since the Brazilian government imposed restrictions on large land purchases by foreigners, bringing an abrupt halt to wave of international investment in rural real estate. Farm lobbyists claim that the decision to enforce a long-standing law restricting foreign land ownership to 620 acres to 12,350 acres, depending on the location, caused investments of $15 billion to be suspended.…

Key political risks in Argentina

Key political risks in Argentina President Cristina Fernandez is seeking re-election and polls show she could take victory in the first round on Oct. 23, helped by brisk economic growth and a splintered opposition. But recent regional elections have gone worse than expected for the government, leading many to wonder if Fernandez’s re-election is still a sure thing. The 58-year-old leader vows to deepen the leftist policies that have infuriated many business leaders and farmers in Argentina, Latin America’s…