Author Archives: Keith Good

Dicamba Issues in Arkansas Continue

National Public Radio reporter Dan Charles reported this week that, “The wild battle in Arkansas over dicamba, the controversial and drift-prone herbicide, just got even crazier. Local courts have told some farmers that they don’t have to obey a summertime ban on dicamba spraying that the state’s agricultural regulators issued last fall. The state has appealed…. Continue Reading

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Sunflower Seed Lawsuits Settled Out of Court

The Associated Press reported yesterday that, “Federal lawsuits between two sunflower seed competitors in the Dakotas who accused each other of false advertising have been settled out of court. “Wahpeton, North Dakota-based Giant Snacks Inc. filed the original lawsuit against Mound City, South Dakota-based Wild Dutchman Products Inc. and one of its partners. It accused… Continue Reading

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Murphy, Udall Introduce Student Loan Forgiveness Legislation to Help Beginning Farmers

A news release this week from Senator Chris Murphy (D., Conn.) stated that, “After hearing directly from farmers that student loans often present a barrier to individuals who are new to farming or are looking to start their own farms, [Sen. Murphy] and U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D., N.M.) introduced new legislation, called the Student Loan… Continue Reading

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Viptera Lawsuit Payments Likely Next Year

DTN writer Todd Neeley reported yesterday that, “It may be at least a year before farmers and others start to receive payments from a $1.51 billion settlement from a lawsuit filed following Syngenta’s release of Agrisure Viptera and Agrisure Duracade MIR162 corn traits. “A federal court recently approved three additional subclasses of parties allegedly hurt… Continue Reading

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Start-ups Are Changing Iran’s Economy

Earlier this week, Financial Times writer Najmeh Bozorgmehr reported that, “It carries at least 1m passengers every day, has an 85 per cent share of its local market and people speculate about its billion-dollar unicorn potential. Yet most people outside of its home market will not have heard of Snapp. It does not operate out… Continue Reading

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SoftBank Funding Fuels Competition Among Startup Venture Funds

Eliot Brown reported earlier this week at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “When Tony Xu, chief executive of food-delivery company DoorDash Inc., began raising funding late last year, he told investors he expected to raise up to $250 million to support his growing, five-year-old business. “He misjudged the market. SoftBank Group Corp. and Singapore… Continue Reading

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Start-Ups in China- Pool of Companies with Billion-Dollar Valuations Grow

Louise Lucas reported yesterday at The Financial Times Online that, “China’s leading start-ups, which include everything from fintech and drone companies to vegetable-sourcers for restaurants, make up one of the world’s biggest pool of unlisted companies with billion-dollar valuations. “Like their peers in Silicon Valley, these ‘unicorns‘ bleed money in the aggressive battle to win… Continue Reading

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Barclays Sets Up New Venture Capital-Style Unit

Nicholas Megaw reported yesterday at The Financial Times Online that, “Barclays has set up a new venture capital-style unit with the aim of adding billions of pounds to its annual revenues by 2025, in an effort to find new areas of growth after years of restructuring. “Barclays UK Ventures will be led by Ben Davey,… Continue Reading

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Investors Look to Businesses That Make it Faster and Easier to Sell a House

Wall Street Journal writers Laura Kusisto and Rolfe Winkler reported last week that, “Real-estate listings company Zillow Group is getting into the business of buying and flipping homes, a risky and untested business model for the online service that could disrupt the traditional brokerage business. “Zillow said Thursday it will purchase homes from consumers in… Continue Reading

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Venture Capital: Silicon Valley Now Shares Its Throne with Asia

Wall Street Journal writers  Phred Dvorak and Yasufumi Saito reported yesterday that, “Silicon Valley, long the undisputed king of venture capital, is now sharing its throne with Asia. “A decade ago, nearly three-quarters of the world’s financing of innovative, tech-heavy startups and young companies took place in the U.S., with American investors plowing money into… Continue Reading

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