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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Ian Schrager’s New�Condos on the Hudson - The New York Times

Ian Schrager’s New�Condos on the Hudson - The New York Times: Ian Schrager has a long list of New York real estate hits, from Studio 54 to Morgans hotel to the 40 Bond condominium. Now he’s hoping to do it again, but this time in the West Village, with a new blocklong condominium at the edge of the Hudson River.

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The building, 160 Leroy, will rise along the West Side Highway, between Clarkson and Leroy Streets, a once slightly grittier section of the sought-after neighborhood that was home to a carwash, auto repair shops and a strip club.

Easton, Conn.: Embracing a Farming Culture - The New York Times

Easton, Conn.: Embracing a Farming Culture - The New York Times: Patti and Allan Popp didn’t move to the rural town of Easton, Conn., to take up farming. They were simply searching for more privacy than they had at their previous home in Stratford. Ms. Popp happened to fall in love with a 1740 house in foreclosure along one of Easton’s main routes, Sport Hill Road.

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But within a few years of arriving in town in 1997, Ms. Popp, who worked as an office manager for a doctor, and her husband, a landscaper, decided to take a gamble. Ms. Popp’s employer was retiring, and she was ready for something new. So, like many Eastonites before them, the Popps would try to earn a living from the land.

For Foreign Buyers,�Family Homes Over Trophy Towers - The New York Times

For Foreign Buyers,�Family Homes Over Trophy Towers - The New York Times: On a rainy night a few months ago, Mauricio Amaro, tired after a long day of business meetings, decided to pick up some dinner at the Dean & DeLuca in SoHo. There, he ran into a wealthy businessman he knew from S�o Paulo, Brazil.

“I was shocked when I saw him,” said Mr. Amaro, the chairman of the Latam Airlines Group. “You would never see a high-profile person like him going to the grocery store back home, especially not without armored guards. There you go straight from the office, to the car, to home.”

The scene confirmed for Mr. Amaro why he wants to move his family to New York. “We really want to raise our kids in a more relaxed environment, where they can be free and just walk to school without having to worry about safety,” said Mr. Amaro, whose children are 3 and 5.

Rep. Raymond Poe named state agriculture director - News - The State Journal-Register - Springfield, IL

Rep. Raymond Poe named state agriculture director - News - The State Journal-Register - Springfield, IL: Republican state Rep. Raymond Poe was named Friday to be the new director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
Poe, 71, of rural Springfield, said he will start the job Monday.
"I'll definitely miss (the legislature), but I think it's a lot easier moving up to an agency director rather than moving out of a home," Poe said. "This isn't total closure yet because I'll still be working with the legislature."

Farming is in the blood for the McKay family, who have worked the same Evans Plains land for 175 years | DailyTelegraph

Farming is in the blood for the McKay family, who have worked the same Evans Plains land for 175 years | DailyTelegraph: WHEN David McKay’s great-great-great-great grandfather staked his claim on a plot of farm land 175 years ago he probably never dreamt it would be the beginning of a family dynasty that would span seven generations.

Blacksmith Lachlan McKay built the farm at Evans Plains near Bathurst in 1850. Back then it was the first time soil had been ploughed outside the limits of colonial Sydney. Today the farm is one of the oldest family-owned properties in Australia.

“When he came he couldn’t speak English, he only spoke Gaelic and they came as blacksmiths before they began to farm the land,” Mr McKay said.

“We still have the same house the family built all those years ago.”

Watertown Daily Times | Young organic growers are the hope of farming

Watertown Daily Times | Young organic growers are the hope of farming: Hauling feed, herding pigs, long hours.
Farming is hard. And 25-year-old Leanna Mulvihill loves it.
Young farmers like Mulvihill are bright green shoots in a field full of old growth. Farmers, on average, are getting older, and millennials eager to get their fingernails dirty on sustainable farms are welcome.

Agriculture is huge part of local economy | The Selma Times‑Journal

Agriculture is huge part of local economy | The Selma Times‑Journal: On Thursday, farmers were celebrated during the Buttonhole Breakfast at the Central Alabama Farmers Coop.

The annual event is part of Farm-City Week, a special time set aside to recognize how dependent agriculture and urban areas are on each other.

It’s probably no surprise to anyone, but agriculture, forestry and related industries accounted for a $2 billion — that’s with a B — local economic impact last year and created more than 12,000 jobs in Dallas County alone.

Farmers are dedicated to producing quality food, fiber and forest products for everyone to enjoy.

Moving those products from farms to homes requires cooperation with people from varying walks of life.

Lessons to revive India's ailing agriculture sector - Rediff.com Business

Lessons to revive India's ailing agriculture sector - Rediff.com Business: Election fever and Diwali are behind us, so it is time to discuss mundane things again.

The humble pulses have become a pulsating national issue. Over the years several commentators, including this writer, have anticipated the impending crisis; however, as with other crises, each recurrence delivers its own message.

The urban excitement about start-ups, entrepreneurship and innovation is missing in farming. Try compiling a repertoire of bottom-of-the-pyramid innovation articles on farming.

Agriculture can be 'bridge' with Cuba: top US official - Yahoo News

Agriculture can be 'bridge' with Cuba: top US official - Yahoo News: The agricultural sector can act as "a bridge" between Cuba and its old Cold War foe the United States, a visiting top US official said.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is the third member of President Barack Obama's cabinet to visit the communist-run island after Secretary of State John Kerry and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.