Author Archives: Keith Good

COVID-19 Impacts on Home Ownership: Likely More Forced Sales and New Renters

Ryan Dezember reported today at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “Americans with mortgages have accumulated nearly $10 trillion in home equity thanks to a decade of rising home prices. Yet millions of them have fallen behind on mortgage payments and risk losing their houses. “It is a potential bonanza for rental-home investors. Since the… Continue Reading

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USDA Announces Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Program Improvements

A news release yesterday from USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) stated that, “[RMA] announced modifications to the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) program to decrease paperwork and recordkeeping burdens for direct marketers beginning with the 2021 crop year. “‘These changes will allow more direct marketers who previously could not meet reporting requirements a way to participate… Continue Reading

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U.S. Homebuilder Optimism Rose to a Record in September

Bloomberg writer Craig Giammona reported today that, “U.S. homebuilder optimism rose to a record in September, with low mortgage rates driving a housing boom that has boosted the pandemic economy. “A gauge of builder sentiment jumped five points from a month earlier to 83, beating estimates and hitting the highest level in 35 years of… Continue Reading

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Bayer Has Settled Thousands More U.S. Lawsuits Over its Roundup Weed Killer

Bloomberg writer Joel Rosenblatt reported today that, “Bayer AG settled thousands more U.S. lawsuits over its Roundup weed killer after criticism that the company was failing to uphold an $11 billion deal it announced in June to resolve the massive litigation. “The agreements, revealed in a court filing late Monday, are with lawyers representing consumers… Continue Reading

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Bayer Making Progress in Finalizing Roundup Settlement

Reuters writer Ludwig Burger reported last week that, “Bayer boss Werner Baumann’s contract has been extended until 2024, in a show of support from the drugmaker’s new chairman just months after the company agreed an $11 billion outline settlement of U.S. lawsuits over its Roundup weedkiller. “In a statement late Thursday [Sept. 10th], Bayer also… Continue Reading

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Rate of Start-ups Created in Austria Remains Low Compared to Other European Countries

Christina zur Nedden reported recently at The Financial Times Online that, “Austria, like Germany, has a deftness for creating highly specialised companies — often less well-known ‘hidden champions’ — that are also global leaders in their field, according to the agency charged with promoting investment in the country. “The Austrian Business Agency (ABA) paints a… Continue Reading

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Tech Startup FBN Faces Pressure From Traditional Suppliers

Jacob Bunge reported recently at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “Inside a packed arena last December, 2,700 farmers sipped coffee from paper cups and listened to remarks on the Midwestern economy: incomes down, costs up and bankruptcies rising. “The speaker wasn’t a politician or an academic. He was Charles Baron, co-founder of Farmers Business… Continue Reading

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USDA Reminds Farmers of September 30 Deadline to Update Safety-Net Program Crop Yields

An update yesterday from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) stated that, “[FSA] reminds farm owners that they have a one-time opportunity to update Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program yields for covered commodities on the farm. The deadline is September 30, 2020, to update yields, which are used to calculate the PLC payments for 2020 through… Continue Reading

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Synthetic Biology Startup Zymergen Inc. Raises $300 million

Bloomberg writer Sarah McBride reported today that, “Synthetic biology startup Zymergen Inc. has raised $300 million in a new funding round—a signal of investors’ confidence that biological science can be harnessed in novel ways to manufacture products. “The funding round was led by Baillie Gifford & Co., the U.K.-based funds giant, with participation from Baron Capital Inc. and a… Continue Reading

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Some Small Farms Selling Directly to Consumers Increase Sales During Pandemic

New York Times writers Ian Teh and Mike Ives reported this week that, “The setup of the two friends’ agricultural venture was unusual. Their farm sat next to a gas station, inside a shipping container where the plants grew in vertically stacked shelves. And the timing of their first sales — during the early days… Continue Reading

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