Are Retirement Savings Pushing Farmland Prices off the Charts?

Positive Future News #935 (Feature Photo – Farmland – CCA SA 2.0 Generic, Andrew Smith) The non-profit called Grain, is sponsoring a webinar on what they call Pension Fund Capitalism. The webinar is about a simple concept. Monies set aside around the world for pension plans, is estimated to be $52 trillion. Now, money from…

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An International Story – Water Gives Land its Value

Touch the Soil News #1797 (Feature Photo  Worrall Creek Aggregation – Courtesy of JLL Agribusiness) Queensland Country Life news, brings us the unusual story of the coming sale of a one of Australia’s largest farms – 66,000 acres. Called the Worral Creek Aggregation, the farm is in Australia, where few farms have adequate water. This…

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Investor Owned Farmland

Positive Future News #910 (Feature Photo – Growing Corn – GNU Free Documentation) The non-profit news portal called Farmlandgrab.org., brings us the story of farmland acquired not by farmers, but by investors foreign and domestic. One organization, The Land Matrix Initiative, reports that since 2000, roughly 82 million acres of farmland have been acquired by…

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Who Is Buying U.S. Farms?

Touch the Soil News #1692 (Feature Photo – A U.S. farm planted into corn – Public Domain) Farmlandgrab.org brings us more insights on who is buying American farms. A large player is Homestead Capital. Homestead Capital invests other people’s money into buying and owning farmland. New on the block is the State Universities Retirement System…

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The Farmland Grab Saga Continues

Touch the Soil News #1670 (Feature Photo – TIAA Logo – Public Domain) TIAA – Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America – has about $1.1 trillion of assets under management – much of that represents the retirement savings of teachers, medical professionals, and governmental professions. TIAA has been the target of activists for its…

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The Farmland Grab Saga Continues

Touch the Soil News #1670 (Feature Photo – Soybeans – USDA Public Domain) TIAA – Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America – has about $1.1 trillion of assets under management – much of that represents the retirement savings of teachers, medical professionals, and governmental professions. TIAA has been the target of activists for its…

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Western Australia – Taking Farmers Out of the Farming Landscape

Touch the Soil News #1574 (Feature photo – Romaine Lettuce – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) When asset managers team up with pension funds, the sky is the limit. Recently one of the largest farm sales took place in Western Australia. A 54,812 acre farm was purchased for $97.62 million by Daybreak cropping. Daybreak cropping is…

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