Stephen Simpson, CFA
Long only, growth at reasonable price, value, research analyst

Can Black Earth Farming Grow Profits?

It looks like enthusiasm has drained out of the global farmland market, as owners in Canada, the U.S., and Brazil are seeing either slower increases or actual declines in appraised value. This is not altogether surprising. While it is true that the global population is growing and these people will need food, that doesn't mean particular markets cannot and do not get overheated when investors suddenly see it as "the next big thing."

While I've written at some length about Brazilian and Argentine agriculture companies like Adecoagro (NYSE:AGRO), Cresud (NASDAQ:CRESY), and SLC Agricola (OTCPK:SLCJY), this time around I'm interested in Black Earth Farming (OTC:BLERF). The legal structure of the company is fairly...

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