Capture “Cation” Profits

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Capture Cation Profits

Cations can bring financial stability in an unstable world.

Our mission is to help readers embrace change and turn it to their favor.  One way is through investing in value real estate. Another is to invest in agriculture.


Golden orange from our grove.  Better than gold in many ways.

When these two ideas come together (the two ways of value investing) and are boosted by a catalyst profits can be explosive.

Our orange groves are an example.   We purchased the grove at a good value due to Florida’s real estate crash.

The price of Florida oranges rose because of agricultural inflation and because the FDA halted all imports of foreign orange juice. The blockade was prompted by fears that some foreign orange juice — especially juice imported from Brazil — contained traces of carbendazim, a fungicide banned in the United States.

The news of the ban pushed OJ futures to an all-time high.

The catalyst was Bio Wash.  We have more than doubled yields in our grove as the price of oranges has risen since spraying with Bio Wash.

We have been promoting Bio Wash and its formative solutions (we used to call it Ted’s Stuff) because it is such a great product and is wonderful for the environment.

We use for all our household cleaning. I brush my teeth with it.  We spray our Hemlocks at our farm in North Carolina to eradicate the Wooly Adelgid blight and we spray our crops there.

So it was logical that we also sprayed our groves.  (Merri and I have been dedicated users of Ted’s Stuff for over 15 years.)

Now there is even more good news about this product that might be a catalyst for a way to gain extra earnings (or better gardens and crops) as you help the environment.

The news is spelled in the word Cation.

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To understand the science we start with an Ion.

An ion is an atom or molecule in which the total number of electrons is not equal to the total number of protons, giving it a net positive or negative electrical charge.

An anion with more electrons than protons, giving it a net negative charge (since electrons are negatively charged and protons are positively charged).

Wikipedia says this about cations and soil:  A cation is an ion with fewer electrons than protons, giving it a positive charge.

In soil science, cation-exchange capacity (CEC) is the maximum quantity of total cations, of any class, that a soil is capable of holding, at a given pH value, for exchanging with the soil solution. CEC is used as a measure of fertility, nutrient retention capacity, and the capacity to protect groundwater from cation contamination. It is expressed as milliequivalent of hydrogen per 100 g (meq+/100g), or the SI unit centi-mol per kg (cmol+/kg). The numeric expression is coincident in both units.

Clay and humus have electrostatic surface charges that attract the solution ions, and hold them. This holding capacity varies for the different clay types and clay-blends present in soil, and is very dependent of the proportion of clay+humus that is present in a particular soil. A way to increase CEC is to favor the formation of humus.

The higher the CEC, the higher the soil fertility.

In short, if you have higher CEC your crops grow better. Bio wash increases the CEC.

Bio Wash protects against frost and really made some readers happy recently due to the late cold snap up north.   In North Carolina we call this a Blackberry freeze (because it ruins the blackberry crop).  The local gardening wisdom in our area is plant potatoes, onions, lettuce and radishes on Good Friday… but wait until Mother’s Day to plant the rest of the crops.

That wisdom is to avoid the blackberry frost so the early bird planters this year were clobbered… except those using bio wash.


Last week our front yard in NC looked like this… in April!  (Now you know why we are still in Florida!)

Bio Wash promotes growth. We have been receiving reports like this: Good news.  Tanya Reid, NY, BioWashed 35 acres of peach blooms for a grower and saved them from freezing in 26F. cold.  Tanya’s neighbor who is a farmer who grows plums, peaches, apples, raspberries, gardens flowers everything…… called our farmer who had success with bio wash freeze protection and is meeting with him today.

Harry the farmer said he’ll show him documentation and ride around his property to prove his success……….AWESOME………. we are very excited to say the least….I will be ordering more product I am sure this week like a 55gallon or a ton of gallons.

Tanya also told me this morning that Harry our test farmer told her he was very frustrated about the bad freezing weather coming  on the 24th of march.

Now he is the center of attention. Another farmer was coming over to look at his trees and marvelous success that has never happened in 165 years!

God is working. Its not just about money. Its about helping people be successful and bringing farmers together to increase their potential for higher yield and profit. Oh BABY AMAZING “UNBELIEVABLE


Another wrote:  Justin Wilkinson, Washington, reported three to five  full-sized ears per stalk. Now he is planning tests involving money-saving reductions in fertilizer costs. He also enjoyed an extra month of extended grass season, thus reducing the cost of buying hay for his dairy.

George Behlin,, NY, reported three full sized ears and one stalk with  four in his garden. Plus, amazing yields of beans and tomatoes.

Henry Morgan, Baton Rouge, reduced his fertilizer by over 50% and reported his greatest vegetable garden in 10 years.

Dr. Treloar, Iowa, reported general 20% yield increases on his test crops and  had amazing results.  He sprayed some wild blackberries and WOW!The berries grew larger than normal,tasted sweeter,and kept producing longer into the fall which they never done before.Also the vines kept growing until Xmas.

The patch he didn’t spray behaved  normally, regular size berries and the vines died by the end of October. A young lilac bush that normally has 3-7 flowers/season has 17 new buds forming! Tomatoes plants went crazy.We bought two plants of each type, one to be treated and one not treated.the treated plants produced about 50% more tomatoes.Also as the plants grew shoots, I pinched them off, soaked them in your formula,replanted them(this was in September) and they grew about a foot and produced a few baby sized tomatoes.AMAZING!

Bio Wash may also help resist drought.  We received this:  Alton Holt, Texas, enjoyed record oat yields in spite of last seasons extended drought. He applied no fertilizer nor used irrigation. His protein content measured 24% to 26%, compared to the normal 14% to 16%.

How does Bio Wash work?  Many highly trained agronomists are puzzled by the “out-of-the-box” yet obvious effectiveness.  The basis appears to be the incredibly small size of the sub-atomic particles that are able to penetrate and deliver nutrients to the plant.  It is not a fertilizer but apparently increases  the cation exchange capacity, electro-magnetic action of the roots and photosynthesis in the leaves.

This can improve the yield and increase the BRIX plus as a huge bonus is a  natural insect deterrent because it is an exceptionally gentle yet powerful degreaser,  it dissolves the lipid cellular membrane of small, soft bodied funguses and insects.

Bio Wash has secured Florida state permission to label our “Purely Green (PG) Oil Clean” as a soil amendment and Cation Exchange Stimulant.  To the manufacturer’s knowledge, the Cation Exchange Stimulant label is the first ever approved.

The benefits farmers are seeing include the fact that growers can substantially reduce the amount of commercial fertilizers while  significantly increasing growth, hardiness and yield.

At the same time the chelation of accumulated copper and other inorganics, redeems damaged croplands.

Last month, there was a test of the solution against insects on 90 acres of citrus.   After 10 days, a Florida state inspector searched but could not find a single Leaf Miner nor Asian Psylid.  Most aphids were gone, but a few survived.

Another benefit is that PG Oil Clean can dissolve PCBs in about one second.

Growers can actually boost yields while reducing the amount and costs of ferilizers needed.  Cristian Delano’s neighbor, Baton Rouge,  reduced his fertilizer application
by 80% and is enjoying the largest yields in ten years of gardening. His tomatoes are the largest, sweetest ones he can remember and continued to produce long past the normal harvest season.  His pepper plants normally produce about 12 peppers.  This year, single plants are producing up to 90 peppers and were still producing in late November!

Part of the benefits are likely to be temporary.  Bio wash breaks down the unused nutrients that remain in the soil.  Eventually growers will need to add additional nutrients. Considering the (1) increasing costs of fertilizers and (2) the environmental damage being caused by them growers are welcoming the reduced costs and increased profit margins.

Bio Wash is the catalyst that boosts the potential profits.    The good value is agricultural real estate where prices are low… such as Florida (due to the real estate crash and a lot of groves purchased before the crash for conversion to residential use). These groves were never developed and now the developers have abandoned or want to get rid of them at bargain prices.

Another place where agricultural real estate offers great value is in Ecuador where land has been inexpensive… the sun shines 365 days a year over rich volcanic soil.

There are opportunities in so many crops in Ecuador plus some farms have multi dimensional opportunity  a combination of beach front development and agriculture.


Delegates on Jean Marie Butterlin’s Ecuador agricultural expedition visiting a  beach front farm with…


multi dimensional opportunity.   See more on Ecuador agricultural opportunity here.  Low real estate prices… excellent climate… a growing local market and a relaxed lifestyle.

Good value.  You cannot miss making profit when you find and invest in it.   Real estate… God is not making any more for now.  Food.   The world’s population is estimated to grow from 7 to 9 billion over the next 50 years.  That’s 2 billion more mouths to feed… a huge increase in demand.

Throw them all together…  Good value in agricultural real estate improved with this non mutagenic, totally biodegradable solution and you have the prefect storm for steadiness and profit in a faster changing world.


Ecuador Agricultural Expedition

Ecuador Agricultural Property Expedition by Jean Marie Butterlin.

May 14-15-16, 2012

Sept 17-18-19, 2012


See Ecuador agricultural property by four wheel drive.

Merri’s and my first property purchase many years ago was agricultural land… over 900 acres… formerly in sugar cane, citrus, pineapples and avocados… the top soil deep and rich.


Here is a photo of Merri feeding one of our horses.  We still have that hacienda land, Rosaspamba, (the place of the roses).

Plus we have added more agricultural land… and are looking to add more.

An excerpt from a recent message entitled Beating & Benefiting From the Economic Crash explains why: In the seven years before its peak in July 2006, the US home-price index surged 155 percent. Since then, it’s fallen 33 percent.

This creates a huge opportunity. Economic history since before WWI suggests that we’ll see the final crunch of this 15 year bear in 2011 and perhaps 2012.  Then the light at the end of the tunnel will appear… slowly at first but picking up a head of steam aiming for the next bubble of something like 2030.

The way to beat this crunch is to set your affairs so you do not lose during the next crunch and have liquidity to take advantage of the low prices and high value the crunch could bring.

There are numbers of reasonably safe pockets of opportunity.  For example inflation during these difficult economic times has helped profits on agricultural property.

Excerpts from a May 31, 2011 article “Farm boom missing Main Street” by By John Gaps III, of The Des Moines Register show what I mean:  GUTHRIE CENTER, Iowa – Fifteen miles northeast of here, a quarter of a square-mile of farmland sold for $1.3 million this spring.

Farmers can lock in about $6.73 a bushel on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for corn they will deliver to market in December, nearly twice the price a year ago.

The sustained surge in corn prices has driven the average value of an acre of Iowa farmland to $5,708, according to a March survey by the Realtors Land Institute. That’s up 19.7% from the previous six months and up from $1,865 in March 2001, according to the Institute’s Troy Louwagie. The land northeast of Guthrie Center— where fields are flat and the soil is black — sold for $8,600 per acre, according to the county assessor.

“The rural economy is very good right now despite signs of a peaking commodities market and concerns about drought creeping north from Texas, flooding along the Mississippi River, and rain-delayed corn planting in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. American farmers who grow everything from rice to sugar beets have enjoyed a year of historically high prices, said Don Roose, a trader at U.S. Commodities in West Des Moines.

It’s not just towns surrounded by crop farming that have declined amid high commodity prices.

In heavily forested west central Alabama, the town of York has suffered as the timber industry has consolidated, said Auburn sociology professor Conner Bailey, president-elect of the Rural Sociological Association.

That’s despite steadily climbing timber prices since the middle of 2009 on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

This is why in the last several years I have been writing about and adding agricultural real estate to my portfolio.

There are few places with as much agricultural potential and diversity as Ecuador. It is not surprising that many readers ask us about Ecuador farmland or agricultural property there.

Our first reply to anyone asking is… agricultural land is hard to find and get it!   Finding our hacienda took us well over a year of dedicated search.  Searching for good farmland is not like viewing a batch of properties in a town or village.  First, it often takes hours just to get to the land.  Secondly, it almost always takes hours inspecting the land.  You do not do quick walk throughs on  100 or more hectares.  One is lucky to be able to see one property a day unless you can be really very organized.

Then once you find something that looks good… the hard part begins.  Of course there is always the price!

Then there is the research.  One seemingly great property we looked at “had great water rights”  we were told.  “Then why does it have cisterns all over the place?”  we asked ourselves.  A deep check of the deeds and talking with neighbors unveiled the fact that what’s on paper does not always match precedent and reality.  There were water rights on paper, yes, but they were disputed by numerous neighbors who had for years continually cut the water lines every time the current owner installed them.  It was just pure luck that we were suspicious and turned down this property, which still has not sold.

Buying agricultural property is not like buying urban property from a title point of view.  There are no rural land registers, so deeds have to be carefully researched by an attorney.

Finally if you buy it… what’s next?   Who do you hire. What do you grow… who buys the crops?

Yet because there has been such interest, I challenged Jean Marie Butterlin to create an Ecuador Agricultural tour.   He has been working hard at this for over 6 months, and I am proud to announce that he has set up an excellent program for those who are really interested in farming in Ecuador.

Here is what Jean Marie has explained about the Ecuador real estate tours he has created and conducted.

When I was 40 years old and told my friends that I would retire at 50, they were laughing.  They are not laughing anymore!

My name is Jean Marie Butterlin and I live on one of the nicest, most affordable coasts of all South America with my wife Pascale and although I consider myself retired, I still like to work… but only at what I really like.

How did I achieve that ?

I had a plan.

Part of that plan was to move to a nice area where it was less expensive to live and much less stressful than Europe.   I found that place after traveling and inspecting most South American countries.  We chose Ecuador and more specifically Bahia as our home.

We live now as well on $2,000 a month in Bahia than we did in Europe on $10,000 a month.

When you are planning to retire and live the good life, you should look at both parts of the equation, expenses and what you can earn.I have been able to lower my expenses considerably by living in Bahia.  We live in front of the Malecon enjoying the sun 320 days per year.

But the key to retirement is really in the INCOME part of the equation.   How can you generate income without working too hard?

The answer is to have an “outside the box”  plan.  If you do what everybody else does, chances are you’ll earn what everyone else does.

A lot of younger clients on our real estate tours ask  “How can  I generate a little income in Ecuador”?  They say they would move down immediately if they could. This started me thinking  about how to show a few select clients a chance to be part of that world of retirees in Ecuador who work only at what they like.

I have put together a special plan for those seeking to move and earn in Ecuador now!

Here is the plan and here are the facts:

* Every economist is currently saying that agriculture will be the next place to invest because :

  • God is not making more arable land.
  • The world is running out of food.  China has been buying and leasing arable land all over Africa and in South America for example.  A lot of the smart money is going into arable all over the continent.

* Ecuador has some of the cheapest yet best agricultural land in all of South America.  The climate is best for growing as well with 365 days a year of direct sunlight.  In many parts of Ecuador, farmers can get 3 and even 4 harvests per year, depending on the water available on the property.

* However, most Ecuadorian farmers have not yet learned how to produce and manage a farm. They are lacking higher education and management skills as well as equipment.  Some Ecuador farmers still plow with oxen.

*  Many Ecuadorian farmers do not know how to sell and do not treat the farm as a real business.

There is a great opportunity that lies in this combination of cheap, arable land, the geographical place of Ecuador on the equator and lack of good agronomical skills.

Here is the chance to attend the first agri business expedition, planned for October 17, 18 and 19.

This is a tour for those who want to have an active agricultural business in Ecuador and have $100,000 minimum to invest.

This tour will be conducted over three long, jam packed days to provide you a low cost efficient way to inspect Ecuador agricultural property that is legitimately for sale at a reasonable price.

Day 1 – 9 am to 6 pm: Detailed presentations by agri engineers and specialists of several type of agri businesses. These presentations  include costs, types of soils for each type of crop, risk analysis, potential profits, timing, where to find the buyers of crops,  introduction to buyers  looking for specific crops.

On the tour we look “outside the box” at crops that can for example produce “biofuel”. We’ll look at land where one company in Manta will buy every available crop at market price.   We know the owners of that company and you will be introduced to them.

Day 2: Visits farms for sale.  Here is one farm we inspected on our first tour.  This agri property has 203 hectares (507 acres) divided into:

28 hectares (70 cares) of balsa trees.  In 5 years these will fetch $30,000 a hectare.

30 hectares (75 acres) of African palm trees in production (the nuts fetch $250 per ton).


– 140 hectares (350 acres) of pasture sufficient for 200 head of cattle or other crops that can produce an excellent return.


– 3 small


and one large river along the property with water availability.


– Close to the main road


– $6600/hectare ($2,640 an acre) asking including a small casita for caretakers.

Day 3: Q&A’s with the agri specialists…with round table discussions. We break into small groups to discuss in more details each business its costs and potential profits.

We have inspected and investigated all properties prior paying special attention to three special issues:

* water on site
* access roads
* good port close

We only show land that has water in Manabi province near Manta the second largest port in Ecuador.

We have investigated electricity, pricing and title plus will have speakers during breakfast and dinners who will discuss these  issues and the legal matters pertaining to agri businesses in Ecuador.

These experts will be available for consulting during the tour and later… covering technical matters on which crops are best suited for each soil and what times of the year are best for planting and harvest.  The tour pays special attention to reviewing the marketing aspect of each crop and where to find buyers.

We use our contacts with local people were born in the area… who know the land owners… who know what the “market” price should be and we do not show farmland where the seller is asking an unrealistic price or if there are any doubts about ownership or clear title.

We also provide administration, accounting and legal consultants who will answer questions about owning and running a company in Ecuador, a civil code country and very different from the US and Canada which run on common law.

Included in the tour fee:

*  Agri engineers who can help you start your business, provide services and the follow up.

* Legal experts in incorporation, administration accounting etc..

* Experts in marketing agricultural crops.

Although we do not advise being absentee owner, we can provide all the services needed to run the business with our agricultural team.

If your agricultural knowledge is limited, we have the experts who will help you through the learning curve.

The big Question is “How much can someone make in agri business in Ecuador?”

The Answer:  We will not show any businesses that do not produce on a regular basis at least 10% net return. Many agri businesses you will see can pay off land costs within 1 to 2 years.

The Agri Business Expedition fee is $1,990/single $2,990 couple.

For efficiency and logistics, this tour is strictly limited to 16 people… 4 persons per four wheel drive vehicle.

Jean Marie

Ecuador has many Agricultural Advantages and we have been recommending the idea of investing in Ecuador agriculture for years.

Here is an excerpt from an April 10, 2007 message  at this site entitled “Ecuador Agriculture”: Ecuador agriculture can offer a better lifestyle and opportunity as good prices rise. Sometimes we forget the importance of life’s basics…such as food. Until those basics cost more.

Ecuador agriculture is important because Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal included an article that began: “Prices of farm goods are climbing – in part because of demand for crop-based fuels – pushing up food prices around the world and creating a new source of inflationary pressure. The rise in food prices is already causing distress among consumers in some parts of the world — especially relatively poor nations like India and China. If the trend gathers momentum, it could contribute to slower global growth by forcing consumers to spend less on other items or spurring central banks to fight inflation by raising interest rates.”

This is one of the wonderful benefits of Ecuador agriculture, the extreme supply of excellent but low cost food.

Ecuador is a Garden of Eden and here is a fact you probably did not know. The inhabitants of this region developed more than half the agricultural products that the world eats today. Among these are more than many varieties of corn and potato. These foods also include squash, beans, peppers, peanuts, popcorn, yucca and quinoa.

They even learned to use freezing night temperatures and warm days to freeze dry potatoes and create potato flour.

At the market, three blocks from our hotel where we shop.  Open air restaurants in the front of the market offer excellent meals, vegetarian, or chicken, steak, fish or pork for about $1.

There are numbers of  fresh picked vegetables offered by happy friendly people.

And every type of fruit you can imagine, from pineapple to coconut, papaya, mango, apples, pears, bananas, berries and numerous other tropical fruits all at bargains prices by Western standards and ripe all year round.

Many exotic spices at a 1/20th the cost in the US or Canada. This makes life especially wonderful and inexpensive.

This creates opportunity as well.

Ecuador’s geographical location gives it a distinct advantage in agricultural production. Its exports include asparagus, bananas, broccoli, cocoa, coffee, flowers, hearts of palm, lentils, papaya, passion fruit, pineapple, plantain, mango, red beans, and tomatoes. Ecuador has mainly an agricultural economy, though oil is its largest source of revenue, and industry has expanded. Agriculture employs 32 percent of the workforce. 6.4 million acres is used in agriculture. Permanent pasture covers 17 percent of the total area and forests nearly 43 percent. In the highlands subsistence agriculture and the production of staples for the urban areas are predominant (corn, wheat, barley, potatoes, pulses, and various vegetables). In the coastal lowlands tropical crops are grown to export. Ecuador is the largest exporter of bananas in the world and among the largest exporters of shrimp and roses.

Merri and I have been recommending Ecuador for almost 15 years…we have been recommending investing in agricultural property for even longer. Agricultural property in Ecuador makes excellent sense for those who like both ideas.  We are very pleased that Jean Marie has created this excellent tour.  We are happy to share this opportunity with you.


Tour price includes local transportation to the farms but does not include domestic airfare from Quito to Manta and lodging.  Meals are NOT included.

The Agri Business Expedition fee is $1,990/single $2,990 couple.

For efficiency and logistics this tour is strictly limited to 16 people… 4 persons per four wheel drive vehicle.

Who Will Benefit From This Tour

Attendees on this tour will range from those who want their own sustainable organic farm like Neverlands Farm in Loja to those who want a small agricultural property to enhance existing income… to those who want to run medium and larger agri businesses.

Small – Organic  – Sustainable

Neverland Organic Farms is a great case study of people creating an isolated sustainable organic farm


See about the organic farm here

Income Supplement – Beautiful Way of Life

A good case study for those looking for a way of life and income supplement is this  six acre organic tomato farm that delegates on on a real estate tour visited.   This shows a perfect little Ecuador retirement operation, so where should we start?

I think it is with the guinea pigs…


The farm has many of them in these cages.


Clover on the farm feeds them.  Their manure helps organically fertilize the corn.


The corn husks are mixed with manure to be used as fertilizer and the corn feeds the…




chickens and…




All of these animals create more organic fertilizer that this farmer uses to grow tomatoes.


Here is the Ecuador organic farmer with our driver Jorge, Alberto Verdezoto and Peggy Carper.

Tomatoes grow quickly here it seems.  These newly planted organic tomatoes will be ready in three weeks. I find this hard to believe but this is what the farmer said.  Though my Spanish has been known to miss on occasion.


These will look like…


this and…




income that…


would provide a nice retirement income… $25,000 a year we are told.

Other benefits include farm fresh eggs.


Trout are in the ponds next to the pigeon coops.


A good case study for a specific and large Ecuador agri operation is the farming operation set up by Young Living Essential oils.


After creating a marketing system for the oils and farming in the USA, Gary and his wife…


moved to Ecuador… began a large farming operation as well as…


there own processing and a health spa.

Ecuador is a perfect place for many types of agriculture… large and small.  Find your farm in the safe and efficient way on an Ecuador Agricultural Tour.

Included in the price is all transportation from the hotel to the farms.  Airfares to, from and within Ecuador, hotels and meals are NOT included.

The Agri Business Expedition fee is $1,990/single $2,990 couple.

For efficiency and logistics this tour is strictly limited to 16 people… 4 persons per four wheel drive vehicle.

Learn about the Ecuador Farm Management Program here.