On the short list of survival essentials, people need food. The world's farmland on which our food grows is finite and reaching its limits. Of the world's arable land, little remains to be developed;  and some existing farmlands suffer from abuse, erosion and urban encroachment. The world’s best farmlands - with adequate water - will always be in demand.  The better producing the property, the more it positively correlates to inflation and commodities prices.  The world's premier farm land will continue to be increasingly valuable. 

Grasslands systematically evaluates  farming investment opportunities.  The decision matrix below addresses two fundamental questions: 

1). Where is the best farmland in the most secure political, social and financial environment?

2). How best to manage and mitigate farming risk? 

 

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Farmland

In the Western Hemisphere, Univ. of Wisconsin study shows US, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay have the world's best arable land.

US & Canada are expensive and generally restricted to one growing season.

Brazil and Argentina have 40% higher taxation than Uruguay and have no constitutional protection for foreign ownership of lands.

Uruguay has the very best quality arable land, adequate annual rainfall, double cropping, lower farm prices, and financial, social and political stability.  

Weather

Avoid countries with extreme temperature swings, look for adequate rainfall.

Weather volatility has increased. Climate change is a part of life on this planet. Droughts, monsoon and temperature volatility all increase farming risk worldwide.

Uruguay has moderate weather,  average temperatures between 50-85 F.

Law & Order

Look for a Constitutional Republic. Avoid countries with a history of unstable, dictatorial governments and phlegmatic people.  

Uruguay has no history of confiscation; Uruguay's law and order - 'Civil Law' - structure derived from the Romans, does not tolerate frivolous lawsuits. 

Grasslands selected Uruguay because it is the least corrupt country in South America, equal to the US & Chile.

Recent Economist study declares Uruguay more democratic in practice than the US.

Banking

Considered the Switzerland of South America for secure banking.

Uruguayan banks follow the Swiss banking model and allow deposits in Euros, US Dollars and Uruguayan Pesos.

Farm Operations

Well developed farming infrastructure includes full-service co-ops for scales, silos, harvesting and shipping.

Roads and trucking services are first world quality.

Grasslands' farms are within 2 hours of Uruguay's deep water shipping port.

Uruguayan farmers sell and ship grains, forestry products and cattle worldwide.

Grasslands follows the local farming model contracting with Valdense.

Soil Erosion

Uruguay follows Argentine No-Till Farming, which is considered the most advanced in the world. The process maintains moisture, microbial and nutrients, reduces erosion.  

No-Till technology offers precision sowing; ensures the long-term sustainability of agricultural production and reduces physical/chemical damage to the structure of the soil.

Water Supply

Uruguay receives and average annual rainfall of 42-45".

Uruguay generally does not require or use irrigation.   

Uruguay sits on the Guarani aquifer, considered the largest in South America, comparable in size to Ogallala in the US.