There seems to be a lack of talk about women in investing roles. It is easy to find articles about how to become the next Warren Buffett or Peter Lynch, but what about being the next Geraldine Weiss or Barbara Corcoran? On another note, there's also a lack of talk about women farmers and ranchers. 30% of U.S. farmers are women, yet the face of farming is typically that of a man. Now is the time for these two industries to pair together to build powerhouse investors and agriculturalists. Here are 3 reasons why women could make great agriculture investors:Read More
Ghana's $45 billion economy is the seventh biggest in sub-Saharan Africa and according to World Bank projections, will expand by 8.3% this year. This rise gives the small West African country the fastest growth rate on the continent. In order to improve the investment climate for international investors, Ghana has implemented several ambitious reforms. To date, these efforts are paying off as Ghana was ranked the best place for doing business in West Africa, ahead of Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire, according to the 2017 Ease of Doing Business Report.Ghana is one of the most politically stable countries in West Africa and has been a multiparty democracy since 1992. The country ranks 26th globally and 2nd in Africa in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index.Read More
Government grants and cooperatives are great options to help fund your farming operation. We've done a little bit of the research for you, and found a handful of grants and cooperatives that you may qualify for. Take a look at this list.Read More
The ultra-rich don't invest like other Americans. They don't cost-dollar average into subpar mutual funds they were forced into by their company's 401k plan. They don't get a hot stock tip from their hair dresser. People with a net worth of 8, 9, or more digits utilize family offices to preserve and grow wealth for the next generation. You can invest like them, too.Read More
Agriculture plays a vital role in India's economy. At 157.35 million hectares, India holds the second largest agricultural land in the world, according to the India Brand Equity Foundation. India also has an advantage by having all 15 major climates in the world, creating diverse environments for a plethora of crops and animal production within the country. India is the largest producer of spices, pulses, milk, tea, cashew, and jute, and the second largest producer of wheat, rice, fruits & vegetables, sugarcane, cotton, and oilseeds.Read More
Investors wishing to diversify their portfolios with natural resources this year are faced with a variety of alternatives. We provide some ideas for the top investment crops of 2018.Read More
48% of Americans don't know where chocolate milk comes from, according to the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. That's nearly half of the population of the U.S. How did we grow so far removed from our food system? More importantly, how do we reconnect with our food system? We listed the top 4 ways to connect with the food system in 2018.Read More
For someone who is just getting started in building their wealth, the sheer variety of investment opportunities can be intimidating. Should you go with what nearly half of Americans do and invest in the stock market? Or invest in real estate and flip houses like you see on TV? Or should you just throw money from your paycheck into a retirement fund? Everyone has to make that judgement for themselves, but it's important to at least know you have options. One investing opportunity many millennials may not know about is the option to grow your wealth over the long term with agriculture.Read More
Hydroponics can rapidly help serve unmet demands for fresh organic vegetables, grown close to their market. Though limited by volume, growing food in hydroponic greenhouses has many advantages. Because the greenhouse's temperature and inputs can be precisely controlled, plants grow faster and face fewer diseases than their counter-parts outside in soil. A closed-loop irrigation system results in major water savings and uses less fertilizer, while not introducing pollutants into groundwater and soil. These greenhouses can be adapted to many different crops, and facilitate ease of rotation, which enable the farmers to more quickly react to changing consumer demand. Finally, growing hydroponic vegetables closer to consumers will help reverse the trend of foreign produce imports and transporting food across the oceans.Read More
We're often asked, "are these investments risky?" Of course, every investment has some level of risk, but agriculture can be one of the safest asset classes if the risks are managed properly. Investors should understand how risks are reduced in any particular asset and agriculture is no different.Read More
Agriculture offers a solid way to gain exposure to what the investment community calls "emerging markets," and the even less developed, "frontier markets." Emerging markets, like Brazil, are attractive to investors due to their rapid economic growth and industrialization. Frontier markets have lower market capitalization and liquidity than the more developed, emerging markets. Though these definitions aren't universally agreed upon, the investment research firm MSCI has defined these categories and routinely updates their index to reflect the relative status of each country.Read More
As we scroll down the list of healthy alternatives we find little gems that are quite often overlooked and certainly not always available at our nearest convenience store. These are the superfoods; natural foods with amazingly high concentrations of nutrients beneficial to our health and well-being.
One such superfood dear to our heart here at the Belize Cacao Consortium is the sun dried, mahogany coloured seeds we call cacao.
When we look at future generations, a majority of us would agree it’s important for them to have a safe and healthy world to live in, with plenty of resources available to sustain life. Achieving this image starts with what we, as a society, do today. Sustainable agriculture is just one way people are preparing for a better future, and there’s a way for all of us to get involved.Read More
The Trump administration’s promise of tax reform has investors across the country wondering how their portfolios will be impacted should this promise be fulfilled. Given the deal is still in negotiation between the House, Senate, and Administration, it’s hard to nail down specifics. However, farmland owners and investors in agriculture would can review the House of Representative’s Unified Framework for tax reform to better understand what this reform could mean to their investments.Read More
Savvy investors have long realized the advantages of owning real, tangible assets, especially those backed by underlying land. Real estate, both commercial and residential, is probably most familiar to alternative investors. But agriculture offers many of the same benefits, and can help diversify the real asset portions of a portfolio. In most cases, both commercial real estate and agriculture produce yield by collecting rents from tenants and returns from the appreciating value of land and the improvements on that land.Read More
For most of us, going to the grocery store involves creating a shopping list, fighting through crowds in the meat department, and dreading the lines at the cash register. There’s not much thought about how the food got there, or where the money came from to produce such a large amount of food needed to supply grocery store shelves. You may just think it’s all on the farmer, which in the past, it very well was.
In today’s age, there are opportunities to invest in agriculture and make a difference in what ends up in grocery stores. Yes, you can invest in agriculture, and no you don’t have to be a farmer. Take a look at the other top myths about investing in agriculture.
Similar to stocks or other traditional assets, agricultural investments can include many different sectors within the industry as a whole. With all of the available options, how does one decide which types of crops to invest in? One of the most common options is row crops. These commodity crops‒such as wheat, corn, and soybeans‒are staples of almost every country’s diet, and have historically been used by investors as a hedge against inflation. In addition to being consumed, these products are often used in feed for livestock and are the raw ingredients of almost everything we eat. The need for these crops will never subside; grains, corn, and soy are so prevalent in the food industry that demand is guaranteed to stand the test of time. The United States is the largest grain exporter in the world by quite a significant margin, and recent price stability is a good sign for both farmers and investors alike.Read More
It’s no secret that the stock market is the most common choice for most investors attempting to build their nest eggs. Millions of Americans regularly add stocks to their retirement accounts with the expectation that their hard-earned dollars are safe. Market cycles and inevitable corrections are a normal part of investing. However, some analysts are predicting that the next stock market crisis could eclipse that of 2007-2008. Cash, the traditional safe haven for investors, is not attractive due to persistent historically low interest rates, and large cash positions are continually eroded by inflation. This largely unprecedented environment has investors scrambling to protect their financial wealth and secure yield through alternative investments.Read More
What do tonight’s dessert and your next investment have in common? Potentially chocolate, or cacao plants, at least. Consumer demand for specialty cacao beans continues to grow and is actually outpacing farmers’ ability to grow it in some areas. The demand for specialty or flavored beans used in premium dark chocolate goods is rising even faster than the traditional bulk cacao beans used in other candy that many farmers are used to growing. Like many other soft commodities, the production of cacao is concentrated in a small group of mostly developing countries in the tropics. These farms are susceptible to extreme weather, conflicts, credit shortages, and lack of working capital. Even so, cacao farms present an attractive option for investors looking for relatively low-risk opportunities.Read More
Craft beer is sweeping the nation and changing the beverage industry. Parts of the farming industry have also undergone some major changes thanks to the surge in popularity of small-batch brews. Craft beer uses more key ingredients per batch than their large, national competitors. According to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average craft beer uses 3-7 times as much malt per barrel as a mass market beer. In addition to malt, which comes from barley, the demand for hops to brew IPAs has increased dramatically.Read More