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Real Estate MattersQ: On a recent radio show, you were discussing possible problems in the bond market. You stated that, in your opinion, the bubble would eventually pop. In 2010, when I retired, I attempted to rebalance my portfolio according to the conventional wisdom...
Tags: Finance, Real Estate Buyers, Credit Ratings, Bonds, Investments
As Three Dog Night once sang, One is the loneliest number, and right now it may seem lonely at the top of the list of our soy customers. U.S. poultry, livestock and fish farmers, who stand alone as our biggest customer, are currently faced with a time...
Tags: Livestock Farming
Michael Pena wanted to sit closer to the floor-to-ceiling windows at NoMI during a recent lunch — and who wouldn't? The trendy restaurant on the seventh floor of the Park Hyatt hotel offers customers a scenic view of Michigan Avenue and the Water...
CHICAGO -- Kansas farmers are preparing to plant winter wheat into the driest soil since 1991 after three seasons of drought causes Dust Bowl conditions in the biggest growing state and global reserves fall to a four-year low. About 97 percent of fields...
Record-high corn prices stemming from a nationwide drought are causing many ethanol plants to cut back production, but area plants are in better shape than most, managers say. "We are at full production at both of our plants," said Roger Hansen,...
MANKATO - Weather conditions are better in southern Minnesota than much of the drought-gripped Midwest, but the area is quickly hurdling toward serious problems with little relief predicted. The spring started perfectly. May brought nearly 7 inches of...
Tags: Water Supply, Droughts, Natural Disasters
Richard "Rick" A. Fochtman Jr., 61, died Friday, June 29, 2012, at his home in Woodridge, Ill. Born Aug. 2, 1950, in Charlevoix, Mich., to the late Richard and Bonnie (Sutton) Fochtman, Rick graduated from Charlevoix High School in 1969. He attended...
The drought is pushing corn prices to a new record high as dry weather grips more than half of the country. The $8.17 per bushel price on the Chicago Board of Trade represents a 50 percent increase over the past six weeks. The USDA reports almost 90...
Staff WriterThe most unexpected local race in Northern Michigan this summer is the Republican primary for the Emmet County treasurer post, where a long-term incumbent is attempting to defend her seat against a current county commissioner. Marilyn May, 65, of...
CHICAGO -- Cattle futures declined to a six- week low on signs of increasing animal supplies amid dwindling demand. Hog prices declined to the lowest this month. Feedlots bought 15 percent more cattle last month than in May 2011, the U.S. Department...
An oversupply of ethanol and skyrocketing corn prices are causing many ethanol plants to cut back production. Valero Energy Corp., a major petroleum company that also operates 10 ethanol plants, has temporarily shut down two plants, because the cost...
Massive swaths of Midwest farmland are suffering through one of the most widespread droughts in history, causing corn prices to soar as the USDA scales back its predictions for a record crop. Corn farmers are expected to yield an average of 146 bushels...
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