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October- December 2014

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Ontario  fruits  fresh_produce  branding  organic  agribusiness  agriculture  farming  retailers  supermarkets  grocery  MaRS  sustainability  challenges  problems  solutions  farmland  local 
august 2015 by jerryking
White House to Begin $10 Billion Rural Investment Fund - NYTimes.com
By ALEXANDRA STEVENSON JULY 24, 2014

The White House Rural Council will announce plans on Thursday to start a $10 billion investment fund that will give pension funds and large investors the opportunity to invest in agricultural projects. Those include wastewater systems, energy projects and infrastructure development in rural America.

“We’re the eHarmony.com of infrastructure and business investment,”...The move comes as pension funds and institutional investors, faced with few investment opportunities that yield high returns in the face of low interest rates, have begun to shift large amounts of money into less traditional investments that promise bigger returns like hedge funds and private equity firms.
farmland  agriculture  agribusiness  rural  alternative_investments  private_equity  infrastructure  investing  energy  wastewater-treatment  institutional_investors  pension_funds 
july 2014 by jerryking
The Triumph of the Family Farm
CHRYSTIA FREELAND | JUN 13 2012 - Chrystia Freeland - The Atlantic - Chrystia Freeland - The Atlantic

In 2010, of all the farms in the United States with at least $1 million in revenues, 88 percent were family farms, and they accounted for 79 percent of production. Large-scale farmers today are sophisticated businesspeople who use GPS equipment to guide their combines, biotechnology to boost their yields, and futures contracts to hedge their risk. They are also pretty rich.

“It definitely is not just your father,” Jason Henderson, the vice president and branch executive of the Omaha branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, told me. Henderson is essentially the Fed’s top analyst of the agricultural economy. “In the U.S. and Canada in 2010 and 2011,” he said, “farm incomes have been booming. U.S. net farming incomes rose more than 20 percent in each of those years. Farmers are flush with cash.”...Big Money has noticed these trends, and is beginning to pile in. “We are seeing a tremendous uptick in allocations and interest in farmland,” says Chris Erickson of HighQuest Partners, an agricultural consultancy and investor. Erickson told me that big institutional investors—pension funds, insurance companies—have recently been making investments in farmland ranging from “the several hundred millions to the billions.” Erickson said this broad interest is new, and is driven by the fact that “the fundamentals are changing dramatically.”

Jim Rogers, who co-founded the legendary hedge fund Quantum with George Soros, told me he believes farming is “one of the most exciting professions” in the world—and that the recent boom is likely to continue for a long time. “Throughout history, we’ve had long periods when the financial sectors were in charge,” he said, “but we’ve also had long periods when the people who have produced real goods were in charge—the farmers, the miners … All of you people who got M.B.A.s made mistakes, because the City of London and Wall Street are not going to be great places to be in the next two or three decades. It’s going to be the people who produce real goods.”...Most encouragingly, the agricultural boom shows that globalization really is a two-way street, and not just for the geniuses at Apple and Goldman Sachs. The rising global middle class wants hamburgers—which is where farmers come in—but it also wants hundreds of other middle-class comforts, and as it grows richer, it will be able to afford more of them. Helping to fill these wants is where many of the rest of us should look for opportunity. And you don’t have to work for a corporate behemoth or have a venture capitalist on your speed dial to take advantage of the changing world economy. One of the most surprising aspects of the farm story is that its heroes are self-employed entrepreneurs, albeit ones who own a lot of land.
prosperity  farming  agriculture  Chrystia_Freeland  precision_agriculture  sophisticated  farmland  private_equity  agribusiness  innovation  investors 
may 2014 by jerryking
CPPIB buys Saskatchewan farms in $128-million deal - The Globe and Mail
ERIC ATKINS

The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Dec. 12 2013

The portfolio of land generates returns through leases, price appreciation and some production-sharing agreements with growers. Agricultural commodities are expected to enjoy new demand as incomes rise in emerging markets and diets shift to more protein and high-value crops such as canola. At the same time, farmland has become prized for low price volatility.
CPPIB  Saskatchewan  farming  agriculture  private_equity  farmland  portfolio_management 
december 2013 by jerryking
What should Canada do to prepare for the day oil runs out?
Sept. 12 2013 The Globe and Mail JAMES MARTIN.

Even if we don’t allow bulk water exports, and I certainly wouldn’t rule that out, water is going to become key in driving a much revitalized agricultural sector. If there’s one area of the economy that will grow beyond many others, it will be a throwback to the past economy, with the agricultural sector playing a greater role. World food prices have increased. We have a rising world population with rising protein consumption.

I would also argue that those far-flung suburbs that surround cities may soon return back to the farmland that they were 30-40 years ago because of changes in relative prices.
agriculture  competitiveness_of_nations  farmland  Jeffrey_Rubin  oil_industry  peak_oil  water 
september 2013 by jerryking
Rising prices curb dream of buying farmland - The Globe and Mail
JOEL SCHLESINGER

WINNIPEG — Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Sep. 09 2013,
agriculture  farming  farmland  immigrants 
september 2013 by jerryking
The biggest threat to the global economy? The weather -
Sep. 06 | The Globe and Mail |ERIC REGULY

In an interview in Munich, Peter Hoppe, the meteorologist who is head of the reinsurance giant’s georisk unit, said: “Climate change will create security problems because of the migrations it will create.”

Drought is emerging as one of the biggest natural hazards. It has the potential to reshape human landscapes and entire economies, mostly for the worse but sometimes for the better. Canada is less prone to drought than the United States; it could emerge as the world’s emergency breadbasket if the warming trend extends the growing season and the amount of productive agricultural land....Droughts are especially ugly because they sometimes develop gradually, meaning that their potential to cause harm is often ignored, and can last many years. ...The former boss of the World Food Program, Josette Sheeran, was fond of saying that the desperately hungry do one of three things: They riot, they migrate or they die. The Syrian civil war is giving the world an uncomfortable taste of the effects of mass migration. An enormous drought could make that migration look small and its security and economic consequences would be hard to fathom. It appears that no country, rich or poor, has a plan to deal with mass drought and mass migration.
extreme_weather_events  weather  climate_change  insurance  Munich_Re  Eric_Reguly  natural_calamities  droughts  farmland  food  hunger  mass_migrations  agriculture  threats  security_&_intelligence  slowly_moving  geopolitical-risk  global_economy  imperceptible_threats 
september 2013 by jerryking
Land at centre of mega-quarry fight sold
July 18, 2013 | Globalnews.ca | By Heather Loney.

Bonnefield Financial – a Canadian farmland investment company -announced this week it had bought more than 2,600 hectares of land from Highland Companies.

Bonnefield said the Class 1 farmland would continue to be used for farming.

“Here we have Canadian investors, supporting Canadian farmers to ensure that one of our most precious resources – farmland – continues to be used for farming,” said Bonnefield president Tom Eisenhauer in a press release. “That’s the core of Bonnefield’s mission: farmland for farming. We look forward to working with local farmers who will operate this land on a long-term basis and to ensure that it is preserved and enhanced for farming use.”
farmland  agribusiness  hedge_funds  institutional_investors  farming 
july 2013 by jerryking
Holland Marsh madness
Oct. 09 2009 | - The Globe and Mail | by Anthony Reinhart.
farming  farmland  Ontario  Toronto  agriculture  fresh_produce  local  locavore  Holland_Marsh 
may 2013 by jerryking
Eastern Promises
February 16, 2008 | G&M | by JOE FRIESEN AND MARCUS GEE ,
Joe_Friesen  Marcus_Gee  pulses  India  China  commodities  farmland  agriculture  farming 
march 2013 by jerryking
Fence 'em in
January 25, 2013
If Stephen Harper now thinks that the oil patch is too strategic to be gobbled up by foreigners, what about farmland and gold?

ERIC REGULY
Eric_Reguly  farming  farmland  natural_resources  agriculture  protectionism 
january 2013 by jerryking
12 Big Ideas for the Financial Services Industry in 2012
JAN 1, 2012 | American Banker Magazine Article |Glen Fest, Bonnie McGeer, Alan Kline, Heather Landy, Laura Thompson Osuri and Jeremy Quittner contributed to this story.

THE BREADBASKET ECONOMY

There's a healthy debate going on as to whether the current boom in agriculture is a bubble just waiting to burst. But here's an idea that would extend the good times in farm country long into the future: as emerging markets around the globe start realizing their economic potential, and as birth rates in those regions trigger a population explosion, the United States is in a unique position to become the world's breadbasket.

"The next 25 years is going to be characterized by real supply-demand issues all related around population growth and lack of food, and I think the U.S. has the opportunity to become the equivalent of the Saudi Arabia of food," says Meredith Whitney of Meredith Whitney Advisory Group.

It's anyone's guess as to whether this long-term prediction will be as prescient as her famous call on Citigroup or as humbling as the one she made on municipal bond defaults.

Either way, the Midwest may deserve some extra attention from banks these days. While the East and West coasts have long offered better growth opportunities for banks (fueled in part by the technology boom and the crisis-inducing housing bubble), these markets are now heavily burdened with many of the industry's most vexing problems, including intense branch saturation and a concentration of sludgy real estate assets.

And if Whitney is right about the rise of a food-based economy, then agriculture—which some big commercial banks were happy to leave while they pursued sexier businesses like investment banking—would be a major growth area, and some banks might want to consider reclaiming their stake in it
agriculture  farming  Meredith_Whitney  future  ideas  Midwest  farmland  market_saturation 
december 2012 by jerryking
Is There Pay Dirt in Farms? - WSJ.com
October 29, 2012 |WSJ| By AMY HOAK.

Investing in farmland isn't for everyone. Typically, investors in farmland are high-net-worth individuals or institutional investors—if they're not farmers looking to expand their property—and their goal is to diversify their portfolio and perhaps hedge against inflation, Mr. Halderman says.

Individual investors in farmland also often have a history of living on or near farms, and thus are comfortable with buying this asset

A Dirty Investment
It may be a good time to put your money in farmland
farmland  investing 
october 2012 by jerryking
Land rush leaves Liberia’s farmers in the dust - The Globe and Mail
GEOFFREY YORK

NIMBA POINT, LIBERIA — The Globe and Mail

Published Wednesday, Sep. 26 2012
farmland  Africa  farming 
september 2012 by jerryking
Zimbabwe's New Export - WSJ.com
August 3, 2004 | WSJ | Editorials

The fate of the evicted white farmers has been less publicized. While many left the continent, others have been welcomed by neighboring African countries eager to profit from their agricultural knowledge and expertise. Zimbabwe's loss has been their gain.

Zambia led the move, and the country has moved from food shortages in the 1990s to actually exporting food -- ironically much of it to Zimbabwe. Tens of thousands of jobs have been created and related industries are growing. Noting Zambia's success, other African countries are following suit. Last week Nigeria's western state of Kwara enticed a group of former Zimbabwean farmers to set up shop with promises of tax breaks and loans.

Mugabe unleashed mob rule on Zimbabwe a decade ago, purporting to right colonial wrongs by "reclaiming" (mostly) white-owned farms for family and friends. It's no small irony that some of those who were dispossessed are now rebuilding their lives and work elsewhere, while those Mugabe claimed to be helping are hungrier and worse off than before.

The welcoming of Zimbabwe's white farmers into other African countries, and the benefits they bring in terms of agricultural know-how, is another reminder of Mugabe's personal culpability in ruining Zimbabwe. It also makes the silence of African leaders as Zimbabwe descends further into chaos all the more inexcusable.
dislocations  Zimbabwe  Robert_Mugabe  editorials  farming  agriculture  brain_drain  evictions  farmland  dispossessions  whites  industry_expertise  expulsions 
august 2012 by jerryking
Fields of gold - thestar.com
09 Aug 2008 | Toronto Star ID.1. | Andrew Chung.
farmland  Canada  agribusiness  AgCapita 
july 2012 by jerryking
$100m fund eyes African property - FT.com
October 5, 2006 3:00 am
$100m fund eyes African property

By Jim Pickard,Property Correspondent
Africa  private_equity  real_estate  commercial_real_estate  farmland 
july 2012 by jerryking
South Africa Reseeds Farm Debate - WSJ.com
June 29, 2012 |WSJ | By PATRICK MCGROARTY And KATHLEEN CHAYKOWSKI.
South Africa Reseeds Farm Debate
Leader Renews Troubled Bid to Transfer Land to Black Owners; Mentorship Plan Is Costly but Bears Fruit

South Africa's cattle ranches and orchards are the envy of Africa. More than 80% of its farmland remains white-controlled, though the dwindling white population accounts for less than one-tenth of the country's 50 million people. Few rural youths want to follow their parents into farming.

The number of white commercial farmers in South Africa is dropping—from 60,000 in 1994 to 37,000 today, according to Theo de Jager, deputy president of Agri SA, a commercial farmers' association—as many consolidate farms into larger commercial operations.
mentoring  South_Africa  farmland 
june 2012 by jerryking
The World's Hottest Commodities Are In Your Cereal Bowl
February 16, 2008 | Globe and Mail pg. B4 | JOE FRIESEN AND MARCUS GEE
cereals  grains  Marcus_Gee  Joe_Friesen  lentils  food_scarcity  farmland 
june 2012 by jerryking
Cashew Market Cracks in African Turmoil - WSJ.com
May 23, 2012 |WSJ | By DREW HINSHAW And LIAM PLEVEN.

Africa Turmoil Cracks Cashew Market
Amid Military Uprising, Farmers Are Unable to Ship Harvest to Indian Factories That Steam Nuts Out of Shells
farmland  Africa  agriculture  farming  Cargill  Monsanto  Dupont 
may 2012 by jerryking
The new black gold: U.S. farmland - The Globe and Mail
ROBERT COLE
Reuters Breakingviews
Published Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2012
farmland  farming  agriculture 
march 2012 by jerryking
Brazil’s latest export: farmers | beyondbrics | News and views on emerging markets from the Financial Times – FT.com
August 26, 2011 10:06 pm by Iona Teixeira Stevens

From Mozambique’s point of view, the reason for the exercise is pretty simple. The plan aims to “increase agriculture productivity” the country’s ambassador in Brazil, Murade Murargy, said recently on a Brazilian television program....
Brazil  agriculture  farming  farmland  Mozambique  value_creation  productivity 
january 2012 by jerryking
Food becomes strategic - The Globe and Mail
ROBERT JOHNSTON AND DIVYA REDDY
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010
food_crops  food  farmland  fertilizers  industrial_policies  potash  agriculture  farming 
april 2011 by jerryking
Black Oak Capital Partners company profile
Black Oak Capital Partners will acquire and manage California
agricultural lands for investor returns and land conservation outcomes.
Black Oak pursues an "agriculture-plus" investment strategy. Black Oak
will source and manage lands in partnership with land trusts, brokers,
and farm managers. Agricultural cash flows and asset appreciation are
primary value drivers, while exposure to new environmental markets
provides additional upside. Environmental markets help to align
financial and environmental objectives. Markets include mitigation
banking, organic transition, water transfers, and conservation real
estate development.
venture_capital  vc  sustainability  cash_flows  farmland  private_equity  agriculture  farming  California 
april 2011 by jerryking
Agriculture becomes the next big thing -
Nov. 04, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | ERIC REGULY | With the
amount of arable land increasingly slowly, improving crop yields on
existing farmland becomes the default option. The best way to do so is
through irrigation (within the constraints of water supply) or
fertilizer, assuming the farmer can afford fertilizer.
agriculture  Canada  potash  mergers_&_acquisitions  BHP  Saskatchewan  Eric_Reguly  farmland 
november 2010 by jerryking
African Farms Attract Private-Sector Funds - WSJ.com
OCTOBER 29, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By CAROLINE HENSHAW.
Mounting concern over security of food supplies is spurring a wave of
private-sector investment in Africa that many hope will put it at the
center of a green revolution...hopes for Africa's agriculture sector
have been dashed before. Weak rule of law, political instability and
prohibitive trade policies have teamed up to keep productivity low and
chase away investment. Today, yields in sub-Saharan Africa are about a
1/3 of the world avg. at 1 ton/ha, highlighting the potential
challenges—and opportunities—for investors...Diversified across crops,
biofuels, livestock, game farming and timber, the fund aims to profit by
increasing yields through using modern farming techniques, investing in
technology—only 2% of African farmland has any irrigation system in
place—and generating economies of scale by aggregating smaller farms.
agriculture  farmland  Africa  private_equity  Green_Revolution  farming  economies_of_scale  consolidation  political_instability  productivity  rule_of_law  sub-Saharan_Africa 
october 2010 by jerryking
Where Billionaires Are Putting Money
September 15, 2010 | The Wealth Report - WSJ | By Robert
Frank. What was being served up this year? Gloom, doom and complaints
about the Obama administration. Mr. Wien writes in his market
commentary that: “the group was gloomy on the outlook despite the
comfort of the surroundings. They saw the United States in a long-term
slow growth environment with the near-term risk of recession quite real.
The Obama administration was viewed as hostile to business and that
discouraged both hiring and investment.”... " What was surprising about
the lunch was where the attendees are putting their money. Topping the
list were vacant office buildings, farmland and Africa. Stocks look
attractive, but the attendees pointed out that no one has made money
investing in the indexes for 12 years. “Few were enthusiastic on gold.
Many liked Brazil and some favored India.” "
high_net_worth  Robert_Frank  TIGER21  investment_advice  obama  farmland  Africa  Brazil  wealth_creation  slow_growth 
september 2010 by jerryking
GIVING BACK.: A Buffett Turns to Farming in Africa - WSJ.com
JUNE 27, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | By SCOTT KILMAN And ROGER THUROW.
Warren’s son Howard has quietly become a player in the fight against global hunger
Warren_Buffett  philanthropy  Africa  farming  global  hunger  agriculture  farmland 
june 2009 by jerryking
Sowing the seeds of regret? - The Globe and Mail
June 1, 2009 | The Globe & Mail | Eric Reguly. Article
deals with emerging tensions over the trend towards International farm
investment. Countries short of productive agricultural land but rich in
capital are acquiring farmland in countries, most of them poor, with
land to spare, or allegedly so. In many cases, the food grown on the
farms is effectively removed from the world market and exported back to
the country that did the deal.
Eric_Reguly  Africa  farmland  capital  exploitation  regrets 
june 2009 by jerryking
FT.com / In depth - Seeds of change: Africa seeks to engineer an agricultural revolution
June 3, 2008 FT article, by Alan Beattie on the choice the
continent faces between an agribusiness model or focusing on improving
the lot of millions of poor smallholders.
Africa  agriculture  farm_productivity  scaling  farming  farmland  agribusiness 
january 2009 by jerryking

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