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With milk and roses, Africa woos private equity funds | Reuters - 13 Sep 2016 12:28

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[[html]]* Private equity deals in 2014 second-highest on record<br><br>* Investors focus on rising middle-class consumers<br><br>* Money flows spreading beyond South Africa<br><br>* For a graphic: link.reuters.com/zug35w<br><br>By Joe Brock<br><br>JOHANNESBURG, July 27 From milk churning in<br><br>Zimbabwe to rose growing in Ethiopia, private equity investments<br><br>in Africa have returned to pre-crisis levels and should keep<br><br>rising as funds seek bumper returns in far-flung markets.<br><br>Private equity deals in Africa totalled $8.1 billion last<br><br>year, the second highest on record after the $8.3 billion posted<br><br>in 2007, according to the African Private Equity and Venture<br><br>Capital Association (AVCA).<br><br>This year could be even bigger as investors tired of low<br><br>returns in developed markets look to cash in on the rapidly<br><br>emerging middle-class consumers in Africa - home to many of the<br><br>fastest growing economies in the world.<br><br>Private equity deals in Africa between 2007 and 2013 earned<br><br>60 percent more than the MSCI emerging market index, AVCA says.<br><br>Traditionally private equity buyouts in Africa have been<br><br>supported by development organisations but there are signs over<br><br>the last year that global funds are taking more aggressive steps<br><br>to tap into a continent of 1 billion people.<br><br>"The growth story in Africa is compelling," said John van<br><br>Wyk, head of Africa at Actis, an emerging-market focused fund<br><br>with around $4.6 billion under management.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/uetKUnI_bNg&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/uetKUnI_bNg&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>"Global funds are realising they need to have some sort of<br><br>Africa strategy and that hasn't always been the case."<br><br>Large U.S. private equity firms, including TPG and Kohlberg<br><br>Kravis Roberts (KKR), have made their first investments in<br><br>Africa over the last year.<br><br><img src="http://bankerssouth.com/files/2014/02/bankers-south-ag-lending-commercial-farm-loans.png" width="251" /><br><br>The New York State Common Retirement Fund, one of the<br><br>largest U.S. pension funds and worth around $180 billion, said<br><br>in April it could invest up to $5 billion in Africa over the<br><br>next five years to boost returns and diversify its portfolio.<br><br>TPG said in June it would invest up to $1 billion in African<br><br>companies under a tie-up with Sudanese billionaire Mo Ibrahim's<br><br>Satya Capital, which has interests ranging from healthcare in<br><br>Nigeria to manufacturing in Tanzania.<br><br>ETHIOPIAN ROSES<br><br>Investments are focused on fast-moving consumer goods, <br><br>financial services, healthcare and telecommunications. Bigger<br><br>funds are looking at infrastructure projects, including filling<br><br>massive unmet electricity demand across Africa.<br><br>KKR last year invested $200 million in Afriflora, a rose<br><br>farm in Ethiopia, one of the fastest growing economies in Africa<br><br>and home to the continent's second largest population.<br><br>Though interest in Africa is rising it comes off a very low<br><br>base with even large funds raising only around $1 billion, a<br><br>meagre sum compared with developed markets<br><br>More money was raised in India last year than in all the 55<br><br>countries in Africa.<br><br>"While there has been more capital raised, it's low compared<br><br>to other geographies," said Marlon Chigwende, managing director<br><br>of Carlyle's sub-Saharan African business.<br><br>High returns are also far from guaranteed. Food and drinks<br><br>giant Nestle offered a dose of reality last month, saying it was<br><br>cutting 15 percent of its workforce in Africa because it had<br><br>over-estimated the growth of the middle-class.<br><br>Still, middle-class households in 11 key sub-Saharan African<br><br>countries, excluding South Africa, are set to triple to 22<br><br>million by 2030, according to Standard Bank.<br><br>"Things can take a long time in Africa so people should not<br><br>expect instant or easy results. You have to have the knowledge<br><br>and be selective," Chigwende added.<br><br>OUT OF SOUTH AFRICA<br><br>Many funds believe African investments have longevity<br><br>because money is increasingly flowing to markets outside South<br><br>Africa, which has the continent's most developed economy and<br><br>deepest financial markets but is suffering from sluggish growth.<br><br>Nigeria and Ethiopia, the two most populous countries in<br><br>Africa, are often cited as new opportunity areas.<br><br>Verod, a small Nigerian private equity firm, earned 15 times<br><br>its investment this year when it sold its stake in GZI<br><br>Industries, an aluminium can manufacturer.<br><br>Blackstone, which has a $5 billion joint venture with<br><br>Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, hired respected former<br><br>Nigerian central bank governor Lamido Sanusi as chairman of the<br><br>board of its Africa infrastructure fund this year.<br><br>Crucially, it is getting easier to get money out of Africa.<br><br>There were 40 private equity exits in Africa 2014, the<br><br>highest in eight years, including the continent's largest ever<br><br>when Steinhoff agreed to buy retailer Pepkor for around $5.7<br><br>billion, providing an exit for private equity firm Brait.<br><br>Corporate buyers still account for half of exits but buyouts<br><br>by other private equity players are increasingly common and<br><br>countries like Nigeria and Kenya are promising to deepen their<br><br>stock markets to make IPOs easier.<br><br>While optimism is increasing, there remain major obstacles<br><br>for investors in Africa, from huge infrastructure and skills<br><br>deficits to lingering political instability.<br><br>"There is risk everywhere. There is risk on Wall Street,"<br><br>said Muvirimi Kupara, head of Spear Capital, a Zimbabwean fund<br><br>with interests in dairy processing. "He who dares wins." <br><br>(Editing by Giles Elgood)<br><br><a href='http://www.reuters.com/article/africa-privateequity-idUSL5N0Z522520150727'>http://www.reuters.com/article/africa-privateequity-idUSL5N0Z522520150727</a>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Protesters busted for butting in on Lochte's dance debut - 13 Sep 2016 12:02

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[[html]]Ryan Lochte's Dancing with the Stars debut disrupted by protest<br><br>Los Angeles (AFP) - Two men were arrested for trespassing Monday after rushing US swimmer Ryan Lochte on the set of the popular American television show "Dancing with the Stars."<br><br>Police were called to CBS studios in Los Angeles after the men were tackled by security guards during the live broadcast of the show as they ran onto the dance floor where the 32-year-old Lochte had just finished his routine with partner Cheryl Burke.<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://retroclipart.com/catalog/images/LowCostFarmLoans.jpg" width="337" /><br><br>The men were wearing shirts bearing Lochte's name with a circle and a line through it.<br><br>The protesters were apparently against the appearance of Lochte, an Olympic swimmer who made a bogus gunpoint robbery story during a boozy night out with some American teammates at the Rio de Janeiro Games.<br><br><img src="https://www.farmloans.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Colorado-Farm-Picture-5a.png" width="288" /><br><br>A noticeably rattled Lochte told the show's host Tom Bergeron that he was OK except for some hurt feelings.<br><br>"So many feelings are going through my head right now," Lochte said. "A little hurt but, you know, I came out here and wanted to do something that I'm completely not comfortable with and I did and I came out here with a big smile."<br><br>Several women protesters were also reportedly removed from the audience after they shouted at Lochte.<br><br>Sam Sododeh, 48, and Barzeen Soroudi, 40, both of Los Angeles were arrested on "suspicion of trespassing" charges, according to Los Angeles police spokesman Mike Lopez.<br><br><a href='http://news.yahoo.com/protesters-busted-butting-lochtes-dance-debut-075627892--oly.html'>http://news.yahoo.com/protesters-busted-butting-lochtes-dance-debut-075627892--oly.html</a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Alec Baldwin sues Manhattan art dealer over copy - 13 Sep 2016 11:55

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[[html]]Alec Baldwin sues Manhattan art dealer over copy<br><br>NEW YORK (AP) — Alec Baldwin is suing a Manhattan art dealer, saying she sold him a version of a painting for $190,000 that was not the original.<br><br><img style="float:right;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://www.agricorner.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Farm-Loans-Pakistan.jpg" width="328" /><br><br>In court papers filed Monday, the Daily News (http://nydn.us/2c6tATe ) reports Baldwin claims art gallery owner Mary Boone sold him an alternative version of artist Ross Bleckner's "Sea and Mirror" in 2010.<br><br>The actor said Boone told him she could get the original painting. Baldwin said he later had the painting examined by experts who told him it wasn't the original painting that Bleckner did in 1996. He's suing for the difference in value of the two paintings and attorney fees.<br><br>Boone's attorney, Ted Poretz, denied the charges and said Baldwin was made aware from the start that he was not getting an original.<br><br>"Ms. Boone offered him a full refund and took every step to handle this in a professional manner," Poretz said. "Mr. Baldwin's decision to continue this personal attack is not surprising given his history of lashing out against anyone he believes is beneath him."<br><br>___<br><br>Information from: Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com<br><br><a href='http://news.yahoo.com/alec-baldwin-sues-manhattan-art-dealer-over-copy-003517015.html'>http://news.yahoo.com/alec-baldwin-sues-manhattan-art-dealer-over-copy-003517015.html</a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

www.articlesnatch.com | 502: Bad gateway - 29 Aug 2016 19:28

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JCPenney College Scholarship Funding Awards - 29 Aug 2016 19:15

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[[html]]JCPenney definitely has a long history of supporting after school programs and students who want to go to college. Recently three Hispanic students were given funding of fifteen thousand dollars each to attend college along. This also included a makeover which took place at a local JCPenney store. Another one of the company's endeavors to provide youth across the country with opportunities to earn a college degree involves their giving fifty thousand dollars in scholarship packages to certain young adults who want to complete their education. This is a tremendous relief for those who would not be able to attend without this help.<br><br><img style="float:right;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://www.farmloans.com/wp-content/uploads/Farm-Loans-Logo.png" width="257" /><br><br>JCPenney's tuition sweepstakes started on July 21st, 2010 and went to the beginning of September. Each scholarship that is given out is transferable, meaning that whoever receives it will be able to give it to whoever they want. The large chain of clothing stores with locations throughout the country encourages students who are thirteen and older to apply. The winner of a this scholarship has fifty thousand dollars transferred to them into a special 529 account which helps them save up for their future college education.<br><br>Students who are still in middle school or high school and wish to start planning for their college education can apply through their website.<br><br><img src="http://c1738802.cdn.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com/farm-credit-ss.jpg" width="343" /><br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/2Un7n2VfdMo&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/2Un7n2VfdMo&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>There are also scholarship opportunities for students who want to enroll in Washington State University. Specifically, the Department of Apparel, Design, Textiles, and Merchandising is a program one can get funding for. Students are selected for this scholarship based on a number of things, including overall GPA and SAT scores. They will also be evaluated for an essay which must be submitted. The awarded amount ranges between $100 to $4,000 and it can be a great opportunity for students to get the money they need for college. The due date for this particular scholarship at Washington Statue University is January 31st, 2011. It is wonderful to see their support for education and enthusiasm in helping those in middle school to think about their futures. Target and Walmart are also popular stores that offer awards for students to help with tuition and books during the college years.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/2Un7n2VfdMo&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/2Un7n2VfdMo&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br><a href='http://student.ezinemark.com/jcpenney-college-scholarship-funding-awards-16ffb51e7ae.html'>http://student.ezinemark.com/jcpenney-college-scholarship-funding-awards-16ffb51e7ae.html</a>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Exploring key issues concerning Fish Farms - 29 Aug 2016 17:32

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[[html]]Fish farming and over fishing has been a key issue worldwide in recent times. This derives from fish populations dramatically decreasing for a number of different reasons. A number of those reasons are usually tied to the fact that too much over fishing takes place. Associations and organisations are dedicated in researching and resolving many issues and problems facing marine life around the world. Fish is obviously very popular and it is indeed very good for you, containing nutrients and oils which supplement our body's needs perfectly. Our demand for fish and marine life is increasing and as consumers ourselves we should always check where our food sources come from. Fish farms are advantageous in that sense since they obviously boost fish populations and create employment for the local areas.<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="https://www.farmloans.com/wp-content/uploads/Minnesota-Farm-Financing-Farm-Loans.jpg" width="293" /><br><br>If we look into aquaculture and the use and growth of fish farms we can immediately see the many advantages and disadvantages. Fish farms by nature can be extremely inefficient. Especially in the cases of farms which harbour fish like Salmon which are carnivorous by nature and therefore obviously need to be fed on other marine life. This contributes to the pressures faced by wild fisheries to produce more, to fulfil the demand of the hungry fish produced in farms.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/mbiHgi74FL0&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/mbiHgi74FL0&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>It is important though, not to forget that some fish farms are more economic than others you may find. A new trend is the idea of a vegetarian fish farm. Within these farms, the fish themselves are fed solely on vegetarian food pellets obviously diminishing the need for the consumption of wild fish produce. Some would possibly argue that this is still wholly unnatural, especially for the fish that are not vegetarian by nature. This method may actually implicate the health of the fish and not provide as much nutritional value as those in the wild. It should also be noted that 'pellets' like the ones mentioned are usually developed from protein sources such as corn and soya, and could provide more nutritional value if they were consumed by humans in the first instance.<br><br>In contrast to the fish caught fresh from the Sea, fish farms can actually generate their own problems. These problems can consist of abnormal concentrations of pollution caused by the waste that these fish produce and other elements like parasites that can spread from fish farms to wild populations, diminishing their numbers. Fish farms can pollute and drastically change habitats of surrounding wild species and again this contributes to the decrease in wild populations. It is comforting to know that organisations are around which do explore these methods and try and keep them controlled and monitored.<br><br><a href='http://fishing.ezinemark.com/exploring-key-issues-concerning-fish-farms-18234d52132.html'>http://fishing.ezinemark.com/exploring-key-issues-concerning-fish-farms-18234d52132.html</a>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

USDAHomeLoans Posts - Page 1 - 29 Jul 2016 21:16

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[[html]]<img src="https://www.farmloans.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Alabama-Farm-Loans-5.jpg" width="290" /><br><br>Posts relating to USDAHomeLoans (0-5 of 5) ( 0.003 seconds )<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/IaDWxL2wxIU&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/IaDWxL2wxIU&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>Usda Home Loans - Big Changes<br><br>By: Steve Jeppesen | Sep 29th 2011 - Two major changes are being made to the USDA home loans program as of October 1st. 1st, mortgage insurance will be required for USDA home loans as of October 1st for the first time. Mortgage insurance was not required in the past. 2nd, USDA eligibility maps that show areas eligible for USDA home loans will be changed.<br><br>Tags: Home Loans, Mortgage Loans, USDA Home Loans, USDA Mortgage, No Money Down Home LoansAre Usda Home Loans Really No Down Payment?<br><br>By: Steve Jeppesen | Aug 27th 2011 - You really want to buy a home, but you don't have the money for a down payment. What can you do? The 20% down and high credit score required by conventional lenders is just too much for you. That's not going to happen for you. Getting that 20% through saving or any other way it just not going to happen.<br><br>Tags: No Money Down Mortgage, No Money Down Home Loan, USDA Home Loans, USDA MortgageCommon Questions About Usda Home Loans<br><br>By: Steve Jeppesen | Aug 3rd 2011 - USDA Homes Loans can be especially attractive to home buyers living in eligible towns and counties. Surprisingly, eligible homes are available outside or agricultural areas. Check with a USDA home loan lender for more information and changes because requirements and rate change regularly.<br><br>Tags: USDA Home Loans, USDA Mortgage, No Money Down Loans, 100 Loans, USDA Loans, 100 MortgageUsda Home Loans - 100% Financing Rural Home Loans For You!<br><br>By: Al Hardy | Aug 11th 2010 - The USDA Home Loan is great for people with average to good credit and good employment history but does not have any savings for a down payment. With the very low interest rates, no down payment, and seller paying the closing costs, USDA Home Loans could be the best deal in the mortgage market and help people like you buy t … <br><br>Tags: USDA home loans, rural home loans, USDA Rural Home Loan Program, USDA Rural Home Loans, USDA Home LoanRural Home Loans Are The No Down Payment Usda Home Loans!<br><br>By: Al Hardy | Jul 30th 2010 - This article only provides a brief description of the USDA Rural Home Loans Program. You need to get more information to see if you qualified and if you live or the area you want to buy a home is in a property eligible area. This is a great way and may also be the only way you can buy your dream home!<br><br>Tags: rural home loans, usda home loans, usda home loan program, usda rural home loans, fha mortgage loans<br><br>[1]&amp;raquo<br><br>Site Navigation:<br><br>ArticleSnatch Authors:<br><br>For Publishers:<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/skeCQ7-e-gQ&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/skeCQ7-e-gQ&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>For Everyone:<br><br><img style="float:right;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://www.agricorner.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Farm-Loans-Pakistan.jpg" width="328" /><br><br><a href='http://www.articlesnatch.com/topic/USDAHomeLoans'>http://www.articlesnatch.com/topic/USDAHomeLoans</a>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Top 20 Agriculture Blogs - 29 Jul 2016 20:28

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[[html]]The following blogs provide useful information and insightful commentary on agricultural issues and topics. We selected them based on their great content and recommendations from other bloggers.<br><br><img class="alignright size-full wp-image-533" title="top-agriculture-blogs" src="http://www.seametrics.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/top-agriculture-blogs.png" alt="top agriculture blogs" width="275" height="184" /><br><br>Small Farm Central Blog<br><br>Small Farm Central has a great weekly blog that includes a number of helpful hints for those that run smaller farms - especially about marketing and e-commerce.<br><br>Soil Doctor's Blog<br><br>Agricultural consultant Brent Rouppet, Ph.D., blogs with a particular interest in soil science, agricultural, and scientific news.<br><br>Agricultural Entrepreneurship<br><br>Great information for Agriculture entrepreneurs about marketing, economics and news in the agriculture industry.<br><br>Machinery Chatter<br><br>Jim Patrico, Progressive Farmer Senior Editor, uses this blog about farming machinery to keep you abreast of new products, recalls, and more.<br><br>AgWired<br><br>AgWired is a very informative site/blog which focuses on what's new in the world of agribusiness and agriculture marketing.<br><br>47 Japanese Farms<br><br>Two Americans living in Japan document their experience working on farms throughout Japan with the goal of working in all 47 Japanese states.<br><br>Agricultural Biodiversity<br><br>Separated by half a world but united by their passion for agricultural biodiversity and the internet, Luigi Guarino and Jeremy Cherfas created this blog to collect and discuss all things related to the notion of agricultural biodiversity.<br><br>Production Blog<br><br>Dan Davidson, DTN Contributing Agronomist, blogs about agronomy and crop production for growers and dispenses timely advice on production practices and decisions.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/tBg59f4KvnA&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/tBg59f4KvnA&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>Alex Tiller's Blog on Agriculture and Farming<br><br>Alex Tiller is a member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers and also an agribusiness author/blogger. His excellent blog covers commercial farming, family farms, organic food production, sustainable agriculture, the local food movement, alternative renewable energy, hydroponics, agribusiness, farm entrepreneurship, farm economics and farm policy.<br><br>Farm Policy<br><br>Farmpolicy.com is a comprehensive site that closely follows federal-level farming policies and provides summaries that are helpful for non-lawyers.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Ln35xTALPIQ&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Ln35xTALPIQ&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>Farmgateblog.com<br><br>Farmgateblog is an excellent place to go to find integrated information across a variety of disciplines, including crop and animal sciences, ag economics, ag engineering and agricultural policy.<br><br>Big Picture Agriculture<br><br>This blog from Kay McDonald, an independent agricultural researcher, aims to be your one-stop agricultural news source with continually updated news about agriculture, sustainability, energy, macroeconomics and weather.<br><br>RealAgriculture<br><br>RealAgriculture is a solid agriculture blog/news feed focused on "getting you the opinions on the issues so that you not only get the news but the insight into what the news means to your business."<br><br>Organic Farming Blog<br><br>This blog was created for people with a passion for farming the organic way and for those wanting to learn.<br><br>National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Blog<br><br>This blog from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition of Sustainable provides agriculture news about advocacy and policies relating to farm, food, and environmental issues, appropriations, and implementation.<br><br>The Social Silo<br><br>This interesting blog seeks to foster communication between farmers and nonfarmers, to share different perspectives, "to make us all think and grow a little".<br><br>Think Forward Blog<br><br>This blog is written by the staff of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy covering sustainability as it intersects with food, rural development, international trade, the environment and public health.<br><br>Ag on the Forefront<br><br>This blog from agricultural advocate Kelsey Pope is about keeping agriculture on the forefront and advocating for those that keep the livestock and grain industry healthy.<br><br>Advocates for Agriculture<br><br>Troy and Stacy Hadrick are fifth generation ranchers who travel the country to spread the positive story of agriculture and blog about the issues and news affecting farmers and ranchers.<br><br>Farmer Bloggers<br><br>Farmer Bloggers brings together several farmers to tell their stories and discuss topics in agriculture and farm life. <br><br>Add the badge to your site:<br><br><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-535" title="top-agriculture-blog" src="http://www.seametrics.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/top-agriculture-blog.png" alt="top agriculture blog" width="150" height="100" /><br><br>Copy and Paste the following code to put the above badge on your site: <img src="http://www.seametrics.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/top-agriculture-blog.png" /><br><br><img src="http://www.farmloans.com/wp-content/uploads/Napa_Valley-1024x349.jpg" width="333" /><br><br>More Recommended Agriculture Blogs<br><br>Blogriculture<br><br>This blog, from the folks at Capital Press, cover all things agriculture on the west coast (California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho).<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://www.carolinafarmcredit.com/CarolinaFarmCredit/media/Media/Home/farm-loans.jpg" width="342" /><br><br>The FBlog, from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, contains opinions and perspectives of some of the nation's top producers. It is intended for the public as a whole to learn more about and discuss with producers today's leading agricultural topics.<br><br>Ag Policy Blog<br><br>Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor, blogs about a wide variety of agricultural policy related topics.<br><br>Above Capricorn<br><br>This is a great blog from an agricultural scientist ("Peter H") with strong interests in cropping, land, water, wastewater, seed science and technology, and weed ecology.<br><br>If you would like to suggest an agriculture blog for this list, please email moc.scirtemaeS|SselrahC#moc.scirtemaeS|SselrahC.<br><br>See also Top 50 Farm Blogs<br><br><a href='http://www.seametrics.com/blog/top-agriculture-blogs/'>http://www.seametrics.com/blog/top-agriculture-blogs/</a>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Fremont sued over actions taken to aid Costco chicken plant - 29 Jul 2016 20:27

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[[html]]Fremont sued over actions taken to aid Costco chicken plant<br><br>FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — A citizens group has sued the city of Fremont over actions taken to help Costco Wholesale build a chicken processing plant in the eastern Nebraska community.<br><br><img style="float:right;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-63OCACOR2qs/TW4grEJCNZI/AAAAAAAAAS8/FMupbC8Ao98/s320/farm%2Bloans.jpg" width="313" /><br><br>The lawsuit was filed Monday in Dodge County District Court by Nebraska Communities United on behalf of three Fremont residents. It alleges that the city illegally declared nearly 1,000 acres — including around 400 acres of farmland — to be substandard and blighted so tax-increment financing could be used for property improvements the plant needs.<br><br><img style="float:right;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/fsa_resources/images/spotlights/microloans_spot.png" width="283" /><br><br>Tax-increment financing uses the increased property taxes generated by developments to pay off bonds issued to pay for improvements.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZiZs-r2WlzI&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZiZs-r2WlzI&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>"The city of Fremont is trying to sidestep state laws and declare perfectly good agricultural land as blighted and substandard, and it needs to be stopped," said John Schauer, a local farmer and member of the citizens group.<br><br>The interim city administrator, Brian Newton, said Tuesday that the city hadn't yet seen the lawsuit.<br><br>"Of course, we'll vigorously defend any action against us," Newton said. City officials and attorneys believe the city correctly followed Nebraska statutes, he said.<br><br>Costco and Georgia-based Lincoln premium Poultry have said the plant would employ up to 1,100 people, and area farmers would grow the chickens in about 400 barns for Costco.<br><br>Opponents have raised concerns about corporate livestock ownership, the potential for diseases such as avian flu and the potential impact on schools, housing and roads. Earlier this year, the Nickerson Village Board voted against the plant being built between Nickerson and Fremont.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/rx8476ApkHo&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/rx8476ApkHo&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>Nebraska Communities United said it was formed to keep area residents aware of developments about Costco's plans.<br><br><a href='http://markets.cbsnews.com/Fremont-sued-over-actions-taken-to-aid-Costco-chicken-plant/691cbad63a98027f/'>http://markets.cbsnews.com/Fremont-sued-over-actions-taken-to-aid-Costco-chicken-plant/691cbad63a98027f/</a>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

"carbon Services Pakistan" - 29 Jul 2016 20:14

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[[html]]Carbon Services is a specialized consulting enterprise which provides finance and consulting services for Pakistani enterprises, in close cooperation with foreign governments and enterprises in Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction field. <br><br>Carbon Services has devoted great efforts in the development and application of CDM projects in the field of energy efficiency in cement, sugar, paper &amp; pulp, iron &amp; steel plant, hydroelectric and wind power, biomass energy, gas leakage reduction, associated gas utilization, coal methane gas utilization, and so on. Carbon Services has already developed more than 15 CDM projects in Pakistan. <br><br>Carbon Services partners with world renowned CDM experts Factor AG from Switzerland and 3C from Germany. Both these international partners are well known in the CDM arena, and have experiences in Carbon Markets and in the field of climate change. We have a worldwide team of elite and professional environmental engineers and carbon finance experts, consisting of highly professional PDD developers, methodology experts, renewable technology experts and senior advisors from the UNFCCC Methodology Panel. <br><br>Carbon Services has acquired significant advantages in PDD developing process and the validation for DOE. Carbon Services is capable of the whole package of CDM services as the selection and identification of CDM projects, assisting Pakistani Enterprises to sign Emission Reduction Purchase Agreement (ERPA) with international buyers, assisting Pakistani enterprises to finish the application for host Country DNA Approval, the validation for DOE and the registration in the Executive Broad of UNFCCC, finally to the issuance of the Certified Emission Reduction.<br><br>Besides CDM projects, Carbon Services is engaged in VER project development also. Carbon Services is capable of providing all the services during the VER trading for both foreign enterprises and Pakistani project owners in a flexible way. <br><br>Sectors targeted by our technology<br><br>o Afforestation and reforestation<br><br>o Agriculture<br><br>o Biogas<br><br>o Biomass energy<br><br>o Cement<br><br>o Coal Bed/Mine Methane<br><br>o Energy distribution<br><br>o energy efficiency - Households<br><br>o energy efficiency - Industry<br><br>o energy efficiency - Own Generation<br><br>o energy efficiency - Service<br><br>o energy efficiency - Supply side<br><br>o Fossil Fuel Switch<br><br>o Fugitive<br><br>o Geothermal<br><br>o HFCs<br><br>o Hydro power<br><br>o Landfill gas<br><br>o N20<br><br>o PFCs<br><br>o solar power<br><br>o Tidal power<br><br>o Transport<br><br>o Wind power<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Purbehp5VR0&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Purbehp5VR0&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>Services we provide<br><br>o Project identification and screening<br><br>o Feasibility study<br><br>o Business plan development<br><br>o Assistance with preparation of Project Idea Note (PIN)<br><br>o Project risk analysis and management<br><br>o Financial services<br><br>o Due diligence services<br><br>o New methodology development<br><br>o Baseline development<br><br>o Assisting registration and issuance process<br><br>o Training<br><br>o Assistance with preparation of Project Design Document (PDD)<br><br>o Carbon market analysis<br><br>o Carbon credit procurement<br><br>o Carbon credit sales and marketing<br><br>o Commercial advisory<br><br>o Legal advisory<br><br>o Contractual arrangements<br><br>o Emission Reductions Purchase Agreement negotiations<br><br>o Monitoring of project activity<br><br>Contact: Omar Malik<br><br>Carbon Services Pakistan<br><br>Limited, 2nd Floor, Al Maalik, 19 Davis Road, Lahore, Pakistan<br><br><img src="http://c1738802.cdn.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com/farm-credit-ss.jpg" width="343" /><br><br>By: omar malik<br><br>Article Directory: http://www.articledashboard.com<br><br><a href='http://www.articledashboard.com/Article/Carbon-Services-Pakistan/523153'>http://www.articledashboard.com/Article/Carbon-Services-Pakistan/523153</a>[[/html]] - Comments: 0


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