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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…

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…

Biggest South America Corporate Farm Groups

        With agricultural commodity prices at multi-year highs, buying farmland is seen as a more direct way to cash in on valuable crops and to take advantage of long-term appreciation of farm property. As a result, investors from around the world are pouring a lot of funds into agriculture this year to boost yields across the top producer nations as record high food prices jolt markets and send buyers scurrying for supplies. South America is today worldwide considered a top place to buy,…

Foreign Money Driving Uruguay’s Real Estate Boom

Espectador has a feature interview with former Uruguay Central Bank Director Juan Carlos Protasi regarding the status quo of Uruguay real estate and foreign investment. The current boom in Uruguay is due to new waves of foreign investment, says Protasi, and not because Uruguayan banks are loosening borrowing guidelines. “The good thing is that here in Uruguay there has been no intervention with the credit markets. If real estate prices fall a little bit, there won’t be an impact on bank portfolios. It’s…

The South American agricultural landscape

June 2011 | by Simon Adamson       An arable crop of over a quarter of a billion tonnes is hard to imagine, but that’s what Argentina and Brazil are harvesting right now. Favorable weather, yields and prices have made many South American farmers winners again this season, but it also means shifting goalposts for agribusiness. Prices for arable land have jumped; in Uruguay they’ve risen 800% in the past decade. Soybean rules the landscape; it’s the crop of choice wherever it can be grown…

Uruguay sees China as a leading trade and investment partner of all Mercosur countries

Uruguay has kept good relations with Beijing since the two countries forged diplomatic ties in 1988, said Uruguayan Foreign Affairs minister Luis Almagro, a former ambassador to China from 2007-2009. Almagro made the statement as Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping begun his official visit to Uruguay. The Uruguayan official revealed that the administration of President Jose Mujica would support an initiative for the regional Mercosur customs union to reach a trade agreement with China, “although complicated…

Top farmland investors name South America a top place to buy, lease and manage agricultural lands for profit

Farmers’ fields in South America are among the most prized assets in a new global market for agricultural land that has sprung up alongside soaring commodity prices.Private equity and fund managers at a farm investing conference in Geneva named South America a top place to buy, lease and manage agricultural lands for profit. #adp02 “The South American marketplace is really booming along right now,” said Mark Zenuk, managing director of the $3 billion NGP Global Adaptation Partners fund. Black…

Uruguay the most prosperous country in Latinamerica says Legatum Institute

MercoPress Uruguay is the highest positioned Latinamerican country in the 2010 list ranking the prosperity of 110 of the world’s nations by the London analytical centre Legatum Institute and its Legatum Prosperity Index. “The Prosperity Index seeks to understand how economic fundamentals, health, freedom, governance, safety, education, entrepreneurial opportunity, and social capital influence a country’s economic growth and the happiness of its citizens,” the group says. Europe dominates the Top…