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Five Entrepreneurial Lessons I Learned Growing Up On A Farm

“The ultimate goal of farm is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”—Masanobu Fukuoka On July 31, 1951, I was born on a farm in a far away place called New Zealand. Today I run a Real Estate business in the heart of South America. For many years, I used to run away from my farm-life upbringing because I thought it had no place in business, but lately I’ve come to embrace my farm-boy ways as a competitive advantage. Here are five lessons I learned on the farm:…

Chilean President Sebastian Piñera leaves the country in good shape

Chilean President Sebastian Piñera will leave office March 11 with high popularity and one of the best economic records in Latin America. So when I interviewed him a few a days ago, I was curious to know what was his recipe, and why — after achieving such good macro-economic figures —- did the opposition win the Dec. 15 elections by a landslide. Piñera, a center-right billionaire businessman, will leave behind a country growing at 5 percent annually, a 3 percent inflation rate and having raised the per…

Argentina’s richest 15 families worth is over 27 Billion US dollars

Argentina’s richest 15 families worth is over 27 Billion US dollars The total fortune of the 15 wealthiest Argentines has been estimated at 26.85 billion dollars, falling just shy of the 27.679 billion dollars currently in the Central Bank’s foreign reserve account, according to a list of the country’s richest people published recently by the local edition of Forbes magazine. The difference being this money is real whereas no one believes the Argentine Central Bank actually has 27 Billion Dollars…

Can the World feed China ?

By Lester R. Brown Overnight, World feed China has become a leading world grain importer, set to buy a staggering 22 million tons in the 2013–14 trade year, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture projections. As recently as 2006—just eight years ago—China had a grain surplus and was exporting 10 million tons. What caused this dramatic shift? It wasn’t until 20 years ago, after I wrote an article entitled “Who Will Feed China?”, that I began to fully appreciate what a sensitive political…

Argentines love Bitcoins but are they safe ?

Early today, the world’s most established exchange for bitcoin disappeared from the internet, sending the price of the virtual currency tumbling and prompting fears that the world’s biggest experiment in electronic cash could soon be strangled by fraud or regulation. Here’s an explanation of what bitcoins are, how exchanges work, and why the demise of the Mt. Gox exchange, means many people may have lost a lot of money. Q: What’s a bitcoin? A: Bitcoin is an online currency that allows…

UAG Farming Fund in Uruguay has purchased El Tejar in a 67,000 ha land grab.

El Tejar has sold its Uruguayan farms to UAG ( an agro fund). That agreement will allow for the incorporation of the 67,000 hectares of cropping land giving UAG a total of 170,000 hectares, equivalent to three times the size of the province of Montevideo. In this area, some 32,000 hectares shall become owned by UAG and 35,000 ha will remain under the existing leases. Contact the Gateway to South America team to learn about the best investment opportunities in the region. The company is a benchmark for foreign…