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This month’s issue includes an assortment of articles and videos with the perspectives of Seventh Annual Land Investment Expo keynote speaker T. Boone Pickens and other expert presenters leading up to, during and following the 2014 event presented by Peoples Company in West Des Moines.
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T. Boone Pickens appears on the Jan. 24 edition of Iowa Press to discuss energy issues, sports and politics prior to his appearance at the Seventh Annual Land Investment Expo presented by Peoples Company in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Here Comes Boone Pickens
Business editor Lynn Hicks with the Des Moines Register picks up story that T. Boone Pickens will headline Seventh Land Investment Expo, presenting details of event and list of 2014 Land Expo keynote speakers. See more.
Midwest Real Estate News points to T. Boone Pickens as one of the world’s richest men, highlighting the oil-and energy-entrepreneur’s founding of both Mesa Petroleum and BP Capital, as well launching the Pickens Plan to reduce U.S. dependence on OPEC oil. See more.
Editor Tina Grady Barbaccia with Better Roads magazine publishes photo of a CNG-powered Dodge Ram near an Iowa cornfield. Use of the decaled vehicle was made possible by a 2014 Land Expo sponsor and helped drive Better Roads’ coverage of alternative fuels with a video of T. Boone Pickens discussing his “Natural Gas Highway.” See more.
Record High Iowa
Agriculture.com reports that Iowa land values had reached an average record high price. Iowa State University Extension map shows county-by-county estimates of average values of Iowa farmland as of Nov. 1, 2013. Comments on gross farm income and the correlation between the price of land and the price of commodities. See more.
T. Boone on Wind Energy
Des Moines Register shares an editorial by T. Boone Pickens who says natural gas is an inexpensive source of energy to fuel heavy-duty trucks in the United States, and talks about the potential for Iowa in the production of energy from wind. See more.
Eisenberg Double Take
Reporter Kent Darr with the Business Record reports on local appearances of economist Dr. Elliot Eisenberg with remarks on the ‘break-even point’ for corn and his take on the condition of Iowa’s overall economy. See more.
John Roach on Market to Market
The Des Moines Register’s Donnelle Eller writes a story about the impending shift in farmland ownership over the next 20 years. Sourcing a Land Expo presentation by Ron Beach, the Register reported that 50 to 60 percent of those inheriting land are likely to sell. See more.
Brownfield Ag Audio
Audio segments captured and published by Brownfield Ag News feature Ron Beach and Bruce Rastetter at the Land Expo sharing their respective takes on farmland as a solid long-term investment with less volatility than the S&P and a hedge against inflation. See more.
On Corn Ethanol
Daniel Looker with Agriculture.com reports on Bruce Rastetter’s Land Expo presentation with remarks about the role of ethanol in driving the “golden age of agriculture.” The article explores competition between corn ethanol and sugarcane ethanol. See more.
Expertise in wind energy is the topic of a Business Record piece covering T. Boone Pickens’ view on becoming an expert in wind energy. The article highlights Pickens’ support of wind energy assets as part of The Pickens Plan, as well as any form of alternative energy that replaces oil imported from the Middle East. See more.
Low energy costs will help pull manufacturing that has shifted offshore back into the United States. That’s the lead of a story the Des Moines Register published about T. Boone Pickens’ presentation during the Land Expo with comments on oil, ethanol and propane. See more.
Boone Wedding Buzz
The January 28 edition of the Des Moines Register’s Biz Buzz mentions T. Boone Pickens’ Land Expo stop and news that that the billionaire oil-and-energy magnate is engaged to an native of Davenport, Iowa. Pickens was born and raised in Oklahoma. See More.
Oil and natural gas production, in addition to a healthy farm sector, is benefiting major ag states, according to a report by Agriculture.com Multimedia Editor Jeff Caldwell with a post including on-camera interviews with T. Boone Pickens at the West Des Moines Sheraton Hotel. See more.
Business legend T. Boone Pickens made a fortune in the energy field and Iowa Farmer Today reports on his outlook for fracking or horizontal drilling, oil reserves and natural-gas supplies, wind and even solar power. Published by Gene Lucht with photo from the Land Expo. See more.
Vince Malanga with LaSalle Economics Inc. will headline the 2014 Builder & Developer Luncheon, Feb. 28, at the West Des Moines Sheraton Hotel. Jay Byers with the Greater Des Moines Partnership will emcee the event with updates by Kalen Ludwig and Scott Kelly on lot development and new construction activity in the 18 communities tracked by Peoples Company. Lunch is provided. See more.
A 400-acre farm in Nebraska and a piece of New York real estate are the two investments billionaire Warren Buffett called attention to in an annual letter regarding the future productivity of assets. See more.
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