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The Land Report – Campos – Ranches and Legacy Property Owners Around the World

        Hall and Hall – Eric O’Keefe of The Land Report report talk about Ranch Land in the USA. Much of what he says also applies to other worldwide Legacy properties like Estancia Punta del Agua in Argentina. Who are the Largest Private Land Owners in the United States of America Most of America’s biggest spreads are in the West. Here are the storied dynastic ranches owned by heirs of the Kings, Waggoners, and Burnetts. This is also where corporate chiefs like Ted Turner…

Blueberry production growing consistently in Chile

The blueberry harvest in the north of Chile has ended, the central regions are nearing an end and shipping is in full swing, meanwhile in the south of the country ( around Osorno ) the harvest is just beginning. Andrés Armstong of the Chilean Blueberry Commitee said that volumes had been considerably higher compared to last season, and very close to their predictions. “We need to remember that last season was very late so when we compare volumes with this season the difference is huge. Up to week 52…

Unasur forecasts South America’s decade

  A new global order is emerging as a result of the world crisis and recession in developed countries and Latin America has a crucial role to play given its very satisfactory economic performance in recent years, said Unasur Secretary General Maria Emma Mejia. Meeting in Madrid for the tenth anniversary of the Spanish foreign affairs think-tank Royal Institute Elcano, Ms Mejia together with other world experts and politicians were invited to discuss the international crisis, the emergence of new powers…

Southern Chile supports tidal energy developments

Community leaders in the southern coastal city of Puerto Montt this week proposed that the nation take a serious look at harnessing the energy created by tide action along Chile’s vast Pacific Ocean coast line to meet its current and future energy needs. Leaders and a local editorial page called for construction of a bridge across the Chacao channel to the nearby island of Chiloé, to be built on top of 200 tide-powered generators. The results, they say, will be 3,000 MW of power (more than HidroAysén’s…

Torres Del Paine National Park, in southern Chile’s Patagonia, could more than double in size

CONAF, Chile’s National Forest Corporation, is currently working to expand Torres Del Paine to meet the latest UNESCO criteria, but such a move must incorporate private lands like Puerto Natales, Cerro Castillo, and the Milodon Cave. Early expeditions through the park began in 1879, though it was not formally created until 1959. Two decades later, the land became a Biosphere Reserve of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO. As definitions of the biosphere reserve…

Chile – Argentina Tunnel has Japanese Interest as Gateway to China

Japan also has an interest in the New Black Water Tunnel joining Chile and Argentina The powerful Japanese multinational Mitsubishi Corporation has been added to the list of interested parties to participate in the construction of the New Tunnel called Agua Negra informing the Argentine Foreign Ministry which has now ratified a number of new agreements with Japan . In his brief stay in Japan, Foreign Minister, Hector Timerman, met in Tokyo with Mikio Sasaki, one of the top executives of Mitsubishi Corporation…

Chile promotes renewable energy investment for agriculture

Chile is taking advantage of its outstanding natural resources (wind, hydro, biomass and geothermal) for renewable generation and the Chilean government is actively promoting NCRE development by supporting private initiatives. Last week the Chilean vice agriculture minister Alvaro Cruzat announced that Chile will develop non-conventional renewable energy for agriculture to sharpen the competitiveness of its forest-agriculture-livestock products. The initiative will be promoted with clear rules to facilitate…

Investment funds around the world seeking farmland in response to food price hikes

For decades, the world was often swimming in surplus food because farmers were so productive. But rising demand has caught up, and reserves have become so tight that global food markets are vulnerable to even minor shocks. Many analysts say that higher, more volatile prices may be here to stay. The new dynamic reflects in part the rising demand for commodities in developing countries such as China, India and Russia. By 2050, the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization projects that world food production will…

Chinese largest agricultural firm to buy farmland in Latin America

China’s largest agricultural enterprise, Heilongjiang Beidahuang Nongken Group, will acquire or lease 200,000 hectares of cropland in countries including Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Russia, The Philippines, Australia and Zimbabwe China, the world’s most populous country with 1.34 billion citizens, is experiencing an agricultural deficit that has spurred the authorities to seek access to crops outside its territory. In fact, according to somewhat dated statistics, less than 11 percent of Chinese territory…
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