Author Archives: Keith Good

State Funded Missouri Startup Fund Sees Cut in Budget Allocation

David Nicklaus indicated today in the St. Louis Post Dispatch that, “When Pfizer shut down its St. Louis research operation in 2010, Joseph Monahan decided to stay. “He founded a new company, Confluence Life Sciences, that now employs 40 scientists, including many ex-Pfizer colleagues. Confluence has attracted millions of dollars of capital from firms in… Continue Reading

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Iowa State University Extension Bulletin: Forms of Property Ownership

A recent update from Iowa Sate University Extension (“Evaluating Your Estate Plan: Forms of Property Ownership“) pointed out that, “One of the major goals of any estate plan is to distribute or dispose of property after death. To make decisions in this regard, it is important to understand classifications of property as well as the… Continue Reading

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Crop Insurance Deadline Nears

A news release yesterday from Purdue University indicated that, “Indiana corn producers have until June 5 to get their crops planted or replanted in order to qualify for full federal crop insurance benefits. The deadline for soybean growers is June 20. “Coverage is reduced by 1 percent per day for crops planted during the late-planting… Continue Reading

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Lack of Slaughter Capacity an Issue for Farm-to-Table Restaurants

Bloomberg writer Deena Shanker reported earlier this week that, “Despite ever-increasing customer demand for noncommodity meat, there aren’t enough slaughterhouses to keep up. It’s a major hitch in the supply chain—keeping supplies down, prices up, and making the already grueling job of farming even harder.” The article indicated that, “Even at Blue Hill, which exemplifies the aspirational closed-loop, farm-to-table… Continue Reading

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House Approves Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017, Upending an EPA Pesticide Rule

Associated Press writer Michael Biesecker reported yesterday that, “The House on Wednesday passed a Republican-backed measure reversing an Environmental Protection Agency requirement that those spraying pesticides on or near rivers and lakes file for a permit. “The chamber voted largely along party lines to approve the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017. In the preceding floor… Continue Reading

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Americans Buying More Organic Products Than Ever, Survey Shows

Kristen Leigh Painter reported on the front page of the business section in today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune that, “Americans are buying more organic food and household products than ever, according to a new survey. “The research — released Wednesday by the Organic Trade Association, the nation’s leading organic industry group — offers a glimpse into how… Continue Reading

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Small Investors Show Little Interest in U.S. Startups

Bloomberg writer Lizette Chapman reported last week that, “It’s been a year since U.S. rules went into effect enabling anyone — not just the ultra-wealthy — to buy a slice of a startup. “Turns out, few are interested. “Investors sprinkled about $38 million across 142 companies since May 2016 when Title III of the JOBS Act… Continue Reading

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FarmStart Surpasses $10 Million in Investments to Startup Agriculture Ventures

A news release last week from Farm Credit East stated that, “FarmStart, an innovative Northeast program to help individuals get started in farming, announced it has invested more than $10 million in beginning farmers’ businesses. Since the program’s inception just over 11 years ago, it has committed more than 10 million dollars to 221 beginning… Continue Reading

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Two Purdue Agricultural Startups Receive Funding

A news release yesterday from Purdue University indicated that, “Two Purdue University agriculture-based startups each have received $50,000 investments from the Purdue Ag-celerator, a plant sciences innovation fund operated by Purdue Ventures, the capital access arm of the Purdue Foundry, with assistance from the Purdue College of Agriculture, Purdue Research Foundation’s Office of Technology Commercializationand… Continue Reading

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Retail Real Estate Continues to Slide

Adam Samson reported earlier this week at The Financial Times Online that, “Shares in companies that own and manage US shopping malls and other retail properties dropped on Tuesday, the fourth-straight decline, amid mounting anxiety over disappointing sales at department stores and clothing retailers. “The S&P 500 retail real estate investment trust index dropped 1.9… Continue Reading

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