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Saturday, January 09, 2016

Agriculture: An Income Play Now, a Growth Play Later - Monsanto (NYSE:MON) - 24/7 Wall St.

Agriculture: An Income Play Now, a Growth Play Later - Monsanto (NYSE:MON) - 24/7 Wall St.: It has been a tough half decade in agriculture. Major exchange traded funds have tanked, with the PowerShares DB Agriculture ETF (NYSEMKT: DBA) down nearly 45% on 2011 highs, and industry behemoths such as Monsanto Co. (NYSE: MON) down across the board. A snapshot of analyst opinions suggests expectations of a continued slump, as fears of a reduction in demand from China and oversupply across the majority of soft commodities weigh on prices and sentiment. Among all the bearish sentiment, however, there may be an opportunity for a contrarian approach. That opportunity is rooted in disparity.

Dairy farms harder to shift as payout drops | Radio New Zealand News

Dairy farms harder to shift as payout drops | Radio New Zealand News: TradeMe has 41 listings for dairy farms in the deep south, and PPG Wrightson Real Estate Southland says the number of properties for sale now is higher than at the same time last year.
The company's manager Andrew Patterson said there were a number of reasons why farmers were selling up, but the underlying reason was the low payout, which was half what it was two years ago.
He said while rural properties listed at between $1 million and $4 million were selling, dairy farms valued at $6 - $10 million were proving difficult to shift.

Sarah Palin seeks candidate for loaded desert retreat - LA Times

Sarah Palin seeks candidate for loaded desert retreat - LA Times: Former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has listed her gated estate in Scottsdale, Ariz., for sale at $2.499 million.

The nearly 8,000-square-foot home, built in 2001, is set at the end of a wraparound driveway. The main house is a blend of Santa Barbara, Tuscan and Spanish styles. High ceilings, chandeliers and wrought-iron railings are among interior details.

Adora-Couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski List ‘Sexy’ Home at $8M

Adora-Couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski List ‘Sexy’ Home at $8M: Emily Blunt and John Krasinski’s Hollywood Hills home
The home sits on about a third of an acre in the Hollywood Hills. (Photo: Sotheby’s International Realty via Catherine Marcus, shot by Michael Izquierdo, Beverly Hills Aerial)

Video: Sugarcane Grinding Season Finishing Up.

Video: Sugarcane Grinding Season Finishing Up.: This year’s sugarcane grinding season is finally wrapping up. This season will be remembered for its dry, fast start with high sugar recovery levels that eventually turned into a wet, muddy finish with lower sugar recovered. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux has the story.

Brace Yourself for a Volatile Tuesday (AUDIO) | Agweb.com

Brace Yourself for a Volatile Tuesday (AUDIO) | Agweb.com: “On 11 o’ clock Tuesday, you’re going to get a lot of wild gyrations going into that report,” both before and after the data is released, predicted Jerry Gulke, speaking with Farm Journal Radio’s Pam Fretwell. “How we close will tell you how everybody votes and how they think things are going to look in the future.”