Winds Of Change Blow Uruguay Toward Energy Independence

[soliloquy id=”20601″] With presidential elections inching ever closer in Uruguay, the candidates are plastering the capital city of Montevideo with campaign billboards promising a better life and a brighter future. And while most of these adverts feature the requisite, Photoshopped images of the candidates with perfectly-coiffed hair and million-dollar smiles, the most powerful and effective billboard features a lone wind …

Argentine Land Law Limiting Foreign Ownership Remains Unclear

[soliloquy id=”20591″] Almost three years after being approved, an Argentine law meant to quantify and limit foreign ownership of land is not being enforced due to the fact that provincial governments never completed their territorial audits. Law 26.737, the Law of Lands (Ley de Tierras) approved by Congress in February 2012, sought to cap the total foreign ownership of national …

Uruguay President Mujica Courts More Finnish Forestry Investment

[soliloquy id=”20570″] Uruguay President Jose Mujica is in Helsinki this week encouraging Finnish investors to double down on a country and a sector they have dominated in recent years: Uruguay cellulose pulp production. Yesterday President Mujica and a large delegation of Uruguay government officials met with senior executives at the Helsinki headquarters of UPM, the company that operates Uruguay’s first …

Uruguay Forestry Sector Producing Record Electric Power Generation

[soliloquy id=”20463″] Uruguay’s forestry boom continues to attract record levels of foreign investment in timberland, state-of-the-art pulp mills and biomass power plants. And just as the sector is giving back to Uruguay in the form of widespread conservation and reforestation efforts, timber company power projects are now giving the country something it needs to be more competitive: sustainable and affordable …

How Do Uruguay Farmland Prices Compare To The United States?

[soliloquy id=”20439″] The USDA just released their annual report of US farmland values, so we wanted to see how Uruguay farmland prices compare to one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of agricultural commodities. The USDA’s Land Values 2014 Summary breaks down the US farmland market into five main growing regions: Appalachian, Corn Belt, Lake, Northeast and Northern Plains. …