Below, please find this week’s agricultural-related news recommendations.
9. TRACTORS: Minnesota plant to roll out new Challengers. By Barry Amundson. (Tristate Neighbor) / Mahindra launches tiny tractor ‘Yuvraj’ for hill farms. (Business Standard) / New Fendt 800 Vario and 900 Vario tractors. (Farming UK)
13. MACRO: A big thanks to reader David, who sent me a link to this 1.5 hour video titled “The Four Horsemen”. I’ve watched a lot of videos since the financial crisis, and read a lot of articles, but have to say this is one of the best, so if you can eek out the time to watch it, I highly recommend it. This documentary is proactive/positive in its efforts to inform and suggest the best ways forward—from today’s leading respected spokes-persons such as FT’s Gillian Tett and MIT Sloan School of Management’s Simon Johnson. Help spread the link around to all the sheeple you know. Also, this week Charlie Rose did his annual interview of The Economist editorial team. Two interesting statements from the show were 1) America is acting as if it’s a small nation regarding taxes, but as a large nation regarding spending, and, 2) that lately newly devised REITS and other investment vehicles are evading taxes altogether on rich annual profits, and the concern is that this evasion is occurring to benefit the 1%. The whole listen is worth your time. Finally, if you are a frustrated retiree, don’t miss this by Al Lewis.
(Photo taken by myself during a delightful visit to the Santa Barbara Farmers Market last month. How I envy those who eat from the bounty of the Mediterranean climates of the world, such as the southern coast of California. My absolute favorite product on this visit was the fresh grapes, which far surpassed the taste and quality of any that we are ever able to buy in the middle of the country.)