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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Real estate leaders show no fear of overbuilding | Real Estate Weekly

Real estate leaders show no fear of overbuilding | Real Estate Weekly: Even in a surging office market, worries about overbuilding New York City office space persists, driven by the frenetic leasing activity of co-working spaces and the wealth of office buildings coming to the market.

According to mid-year statistics from Cushman & Wakefield, the office vacancy rate in Manhattan was at 8.8 percent. The figure represents the lowest since January 2009.

Lincolnshire block of flats pulls in �843K in fastest crowdfunding yet | Daily Mail Online

Lincolnshire block of flats pulls in �843K in fastest crowdfunding yet | Daily Mail Online: Property Partner,

Equity-based crowdfunding startup CircleUp raises $30M | VatorNews

Equity-based crowdfunding startup CircleUp raises $30M | VatorNews: CircleUp, a marketplace for equity investments in private companies, has raised $30 million in a Series C funding round, it was announced on Monday.

The round was led by Collaborative Fund. Other investors in the round included Jon Winkelried, former President and Co-COO of Goldman Sachs; John Powers, former president and CEO of Stanford Management Company; Tom Glocer, former CEO of Thomson Reuters and director of Morgan Stanley; and Nigel Morris, co-founder of Capital One through QED. Previous investors including Union Square Ventures, Canaan Partners, Maveron and Rose Park Advisors also participated.

Farming Forum –�smart ways to leave | Bombala Times

Farming Forum –�smart ways to leave | Bombala Times: As farmers age, the question of leaving the farm can become a catalyst for economic and personal crisis. But forward thinking farmers are looking at innovative ways to have their cake and eat it too – by living on their farm but not having to run the farm business.

Research has for some time identified a demographic time-bomb waiting to explode on farms across the country as ageing farmers put off the difficult decision of when and how to retire. �With many now farming into their 60s, 70s and beyond- and often without a following generation interested in taking on the family enterprise - serious personal and economic threats are emerging.

South Dakota Farming Community Unites to Harvest Late Neighbor's Crops - ABC News

South Dakota Farming Community Unites to Harvest Late Neighbor's Crops - ABC News: A grieving South Dakota family has one less worry as they mourn the loss of a loved one, thanks to the local farming community.

David Klinghagen died of a heart attack on Halloween, Oct. 31, and the Lennox farmer, 52, left behind a field of crops that still needed to be harvested.

Eye on Agriculture: Sustainability in Farming - KXNet.com - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Eye on Agriculture: Sustainability in Farming - KXNet.com - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND: Sustainability.
It's a buzzword in agriculture and the food industry.
And it was a topic of discussion at this week's International Durum Forum in Minot.
Jim Olson reports on what a Texas economist thinks about sustainability in farming.

(Dr. Joe Outlaw, Texas A&M Extension Economist) "Agriculture is a business."

That's how you might expect an economist to assess the agriculture industry, especially an ag economist.

(Dr. Joe Outlaw, Texas A&M Extension Economist) "As an economist, we have a bit different view of sustainability. �Mine is economic sustainability or viability which is: can I stay in business and keep going."

That word, sustainability, carries different meanings in different places according to Dr. Joe Outlaw. For some consumer groups, it means trying to get agriculture to reduce or eliminate chemicals in farming. �That's something Outlaw says wouldn't work in most operations.

China's food and agriculture deals likely to rebound soon, says Rabobank | South China Morning Post

China's food and agriculture deals likely to rebound soon, says Rabobank | South China Morning Post: China's appetite for offshore investment in food and agriculture is expected to rebound from a lull that has delayed some deals, given strong interest to meet growing domestic demand, a leading banker said.

Agriculture warns of wider drought impact - Times LIVE

Agriculture warns of wider drought impact - Times LIVE: Concerned major stakeholders from agriculture organisations, the banking sector and government institutions met on November 10 2015 to discuss the effect of the rapidly deteriorating drought situation in South Africa on the broader agriculture sector and food security in particular.

According to Agri SA and Agbiz, good rainfall in the summer rainfall region of South Africa over the next months is possible and can still break the drought cycle and ensure relief for crop and livestock farmers especially.

WKTV.com | The death of small farms: Milk industry pushes small farms to the brink

WKTV.com | The death of small farms: Milk industry pushes small farms to the brink: Fred Hayes and his brother Jerry have been dairy farmers their whole lives, but the company they've been selling milk to will no longer be picking up milk at the Hayes View Farm.

Fred Hayes:"There's no other milk company out there taking milk at this time. They have a surplus of milk throughout the northeast and nobody wants the milk."

Jerry Hayes:"And it's not like we haven't been trying to find other milk companies because we called everyone we knew. And everybody on Facebook gave us people to call, and we called all them, but there's nobody taking milk. Nobody wants it."

It doesn't take long for a farmer to go broke trying to keep a farm running. Cows need to be milked twice a day, farm equipment needs to be maintained, and there's the cost to feed the animals.

Akron plane crash: Real estate execs who died in Akron plane crash were renovating Eastgate shopping center - Story

Akron plane crash: Real estate execs who died in Akron plane crash were renovating Eastgate shopping center - Story: The 10-seat passenger jet that crashed in Akron, Ohio, and killed 9 people made a stop in Cincinnati to work on a renovation project in the Eastgate area, according to the Florida-based company whose employees were on the flight.

Are Real Estate Cap Rates About To Rise Soon ? | Seeking Alpha

Are Real Estate Cap Rates About To Rise Soon ? | Seeking Alpha: Over the past couple of years, much has been written on REITs and interest rates and specifically on the sensitivity (or lack of) of REITs price performance to rising rates. The price performance of REITs in a rising rate environment is a function of numerous variables, many of which are completely unrelated to REITs or to real estate in general - broad market sentiment, global macro changes, just to name a few. It's thus difficult to isolate the effect of rising rates on REITs, through price movements.

How to start investing in real estate - Business Insider

How to start investing in real estate - Business Insider: When brothers Kelly and Chris Edwards bought their first house in Raleigh, North Carolina,�in 2002, they didn't know much about real estate investing.

Walnut Creek Realtor laughs her way to real estate success - ContraCostaTimes.com

Walnut Creek Realtor laughs her way to real estate success - ContraCostaTimes.com: For a lot of people, talking about real estate is anything but funny. But for Cathy Turney, laughing has been a way to keep sane and survive.

"I've spent over 25 years becoming an expert at laughing my way through real estate," said the managing partner at Better Homes Realty in Walnut Creek.

Rather than tell tall tales of woe, Turney prefers to enlighten other Realtors and the public by sharing funny stories and jokes in her book, "Laugh Your Way to Real Estate Sales Success: For Real Estate Agents, WannaBes, Used-to-Bes, and Those Who Love Them!"

Turney, a longtime Concord resident, writes her book, "It has been scientifically proven that endorphins coursing through your body elevate your mood, induce euphoria, and enable you to enjoy selling real estate.

Foodie Road Trip: The Hangout, Gulf Shores

Foodie Road Trip: The Hangout, Gulf Shores: Pack your sandals for a fun food festival way down south. Gulf Shores’ distinguished beach-chic restaurant, The Hangout, presents a coastal spread complete with celebrity chefs, live music, cooking demonstrations, craft brews and a few of Birmingham’s own notable culinary and brewery mavens.

Derelict and unattended vessels raise concern - News - The Destin Log - Destin, FL

Derelict and unattended vessels raise concern - News - The Destin Log - Destin, FL: Gordon and Linda West have lived on Joe’s Bayou for almost 25 years and say they have had it with derelict and unattended boats being left in the waterway directly behind their house.
“People just drop stuff off and don’t even care if it hurts someone else’s stuff or blocks their view or anything,” said Linda. “It’s really dangerous. It’s just an accident waiting to happen.”

Shrimp And Grits, Lüke, New Orleans

Commodities Are Sounding an Alarm - Bloomberg View

Commodities Are Sounding an Alarm - Bloomberg View: If you imagine the commodity markets as a giant control panel, all the big dials would be pointing down right now. That is unusual -- so unusual, investors of all stripes should be paying attention.

On the face of it, the Bloomberg Commodity Index has had meaner bear markets than this one; just look at the cliff-drop in late 2008 below.

South African Wheat Rises to Record as Rand Slumps; Corn Falls - Bloomberg Business

South African Wheat Rises to Record as Rand Slumps; Corn Falls - Bloomberg Business: South African wheat advanced to a record as a weaker rand made imports of the cereal more costly. Corn declined as weather forecasts show a possibility of rain that would ease the worst drought in 23 years.
Wheat for delivery in December gained 0.8 percent to 4,427 rand ($311) a metric ton by midday on the South African Futures Exchange in Johannesburg, the highest closing level since trading started in November 1997. It reached 4,430 during trading. The rand fell to a record-low 14.3827 per dollar Wednesday, extending the drop this year to 19 percent.

Feds predict 8 percent drop in Florida's orange crop - SaintPetersBlog

Feds predict 8 percent drop in Florida's orange crop - SaintPetersBlog: he U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a dire forecast for Florida’s orange crop.

The estimate released Tuesday predicts that the 2015-2016 orange crop will be down 8 percent from the previous year.

Officials predict the state’s orange production will be 74 million boxes. By comparison, in the 2012-2013 year, 133 million boxes were harvested.

Set Price Goals For 2016 | Agweb.com

Set Price Goals For 2016 | Agweb.com: Marketing is hard. It’s emotional, complex and can make you second-guess every decision. Take some stress off the table for 2016 by defining realistic objectives and creating a comprehensive strategy.�

“A marketing plan is a proactive strategy to price your grain,” says Ed Usset, an agricultural economist at the University of Minnesota. “Fear and greed are powerful emotions. They affect your decisions. A solid plan is the only effective weapon against these emotions.”

You should spend as much time on your marketing plan as you do your cropping plans.�

626.5 acres, Lafayette County, MO - Auction, Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Hertz Real Estate Services | Farms for Sale - 626.5 acres, Lafayette County, MO: 626.5 Acres, m/l, Lafayette County, MO

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: The USDA surprised trade by raising yields in corn and soybeans which in turn raised total production. After adjusting the balance sheet it still relates to an increase in ending stock supplies. Wheat ending stocks were increased due to a decrease in export demand.

USDA added 6 bushels per acre to Iowa's corn yield making it a record 189 bushels per acre. Iowa's previous record was 2004 with an average yield 181 bpa.

Significnat wheat price increase depend on foreign production | Wheat content from Southwest Farm Press

Significnat wheat price increase depend on foreign production | Wheat content from Southwest Farm Press: The answer to “When will wheat prices increase?” depends on how “increase” is defined.

An increase up to 50 cents could happen within the next few weeks. If you’re talking about 50 cents to a $1 increase, you will probably have to wait until something happens to lower 2016 U.S. and/or foreign wheat production expectations — probably January through March.