Brian Sylvester of The Energy Report (11/1/12)
Dundee Capital Markets is building out its fertilizer and agriculture platform and sees good reason for investors to do the same. Yields from the big names in the space are driving investor interest, according to Carolyn Dennis, vice president and senior equities analyst, while exposure to the bigger names in potash can be a good defensive move. Juniors, on the other hand, have a [...]
NAMPHO, North Korea — North Korea is reporting a serious drought that could worsen already critical food shortages, but help is unlikely to come from the United States and South Korea following Pyongyang’s widely criticized rocket launch.
North Korea has had little rain since April 27, with the country’s western coastal areas particularly hard hit, according to a government weather agency in Pyongyang. The dry spell threatened to damage crops, officials [...]
March 18, 2012
Amid mass US protests against Monsanto in mid-March, France imposed a temporary moratorium on the planting of Monsanto’s genetically modified corn, MON810.
“Due to the proximity of the planting season,” said Agriculture Minister Bruno Le Maire along with Francois Fillon, Minister for Ecology and Sustainable Development, in a press release on Friday, authorities “decided to take a precautionary measure to temporarily prohibit the cultivation of maize MON810 [...]
..Tofteland held the farm together after his father was killed, survived drought and the great flood of 1993. Then, commodity prices sank in the mid-1990s. And like most farmers, he has seen too many friends die young.
Such are the hazards of life on a farm.
But all that Tofteland has worked for was nearly lost in one fell swoop last October. This time, it wasn’t a crisis brought on by tragedy [...]
Here is a system that may give you a way to grow some vegetables in your greenhouse or patio setting. I’ve used it for 3 years in my greenhouse. It works well for small plants like lettuce, beans, peas, strawberries, herbs, etc. It doesn’t work too well for tomatoes, cukes, corn, carrots, beets, etc. The nice thing is that the buckets are portable and can be moved to where conditions are best (e.g. get good sun or avoid early [...]
Oil at $175 a barrel; copper at $12,000 a tonne and corn at $10 a bushel. As commodity prices rally, the world’s largest trading houses have been busy ‘stress testing’ to be sure their finances can withstand a “super spike”.
The levels are not a forecast – indeed, executives tell me they do not expect such hefty prices – but do signal a “worse case [...]
The global economy will slow this year, with developing countries such as India and China providing a greater share of growth, the World Bank has predicted.
The bank estimates that global GDP growth will be 3.3% this year against 3.9% in 2010, with emerging markets growing by 6%.
But these rates would not be enough to reduce unemployment in the hardest-hit economies, it said.
The bank warned that “serious tensions [...]