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US to face major Christmas tree shortages until ‘at least 2025’ | Canadian growers set to fill the gap

Wildfires, drought and seedling shortages deliver a triple-whammy to the US home-grown Christmas tree market As the 2017 harvest season approaches, US Christmas tree producers are facing up to the fact that there will be a definite shortage of homegrown trees this year – and for a considerable period in the foreseeable future too. Canadian […]

Wood pellets from biomass | an expanding market opportunity

image source: biomassmagazine.comIt’s no secret that wood has been used for heating and fuel purposes for thousands of years. The wood product industry is undergoing a massive transformation which is set to continue, due to the rapid increase in development and utilization of new wood-based fuels. Advancements in present-day wood pellet production methods provide an […]

Money Minute Week #29

  China’s economy grows faster than expected Carillion chosen as an HS2 contractor US bank stocks fall despite profit rise Emerging currencies can weather the coming rate-rise storm Ashley Madison offers $11m settlement Global cyber attack could cost $121.4bn, Lloyd’s estimates Dollar drops with stocks as U.S. reform hopes fade Fed’s long-run miss of inflation […]

Canadian PM Trudeau buoyed by US Vice-President Pence’s statement on NAFTA

Providence, R.I, July 15, 2017 – It was the news that Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau had been eagerly awaiting;  a straightforward public reassurance delivered by U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence that the North American Free Trade Agreement will be preserved – not torn apart as was feared. Talks are due to begin no later than […]

Brazil’s President Temer – “agribusiness success is stimulus to overcoming crisis”

President celebrated advances in the economy in a speech during the launch of Banco do Brasil’s 2017/2018 Harvest Plan Speaking during the launch ceremony of Banco do Brasil’s 2017/2018 Harvest Plan on July 11, President Temer stated that, with the support of agribusiness, the country would continue to overcome the worst economic crisis in its […]

23 projects worth $6bn in pipeline at BRICS Bank | Seven projects in Brazil

The BRICS Bank has twenty-three projects at various stages of preparation for 2017 to 2018, with a total lending amount of $6 billion, New Development Bank President, Kundapur Vaman Kamath said at a press conference on July 6 in Shanghai. BRICS is the acronym for an association of five major emerging economies: Brazil, Russia, India, […]

Agroforestry and timberland | Growing portfolios, harvesting returns

As volatility starts to flicker back to life, market analysts are offering a timely reminder that timberland is an uncorrelated, high-return asset class for portfolio diversification and long-term income. The wise investor is already aware that a diversified portfolio, covering multiple asset classes is a must when negotiating the many and varied highs-and-lows of the […]