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Chris Janiec

Chris Janiec is a reporter with Agri Investor. Based in New York, Janiec coordinates coverage of private investment into global food and agriculture with colleagues in London and Greece. Previously, Janiec covered non-bank capital markets for PEI’s Private Debt Investor, taught international relations and US foreign policy at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing and worked as an analyst of petroleum and shipping markets in New York.

Open Prairie closes RBIC fund on $80m

Principal Leland Strom says the firm spoke with more than 100 organizations in its effort to expand participation in the USDA’s Rural Business Investment Company program.

For a water test case, keep your eye on California

Amid reports that water worries are pushing investors north into the Pacific Northwest, California farmland markets are preparing for a new regulatory regime one manager says will create winners and losers.

Cooke enters LatAm and shrimp markets with Seajoy acquisition

The deal demonstrates the PSP Investments-backed company’s ambition to become the world’s largest seafood conglomerate, according to a source.

Hamilton Lane: ‘We’re starting to see farmland returns normalize’

Managing director Brent Burnett says recent data suggest return expectations for US farmland are closer to the 6-8% range than the 10-12% suggested by long-term performance.

Peoples Company adds Michigan appraisal firm to growing network

The deal will give Value Midwest clients access to Peoples Company’s brokerage, land management and investment services.

Farmer Mac’s president highlights energy-ag convergence

After taking the helm at the NYSE-traded secondary marketplace for agricultural loans in October, Brad Nordholm tells Agri Investor it is getting harder to make generalizations about its agricultural borrowers.

Idaho Land Board picks up 32k-acre Molpus timber portfolio for $42m

Deputy director David Groeschl says the Land Board has $109m remaining for in-state ag and timber purchases.

Partnership looks at impact of organic conversion on farmland values

Farmland service provider Peoples Company and data firm Mercaris will work with producers and other industry contacts to produce a study on organic farmland as an asset class.

NJDOI enters farmland, backing Homestead with $100m

A memo from acting director Corey Amon highlighted Homestead’s ESG policy and the downside protection offered by “lease structures that transfer the burden of productive yield and crop prices to the farm operator.”

Equilibrium acquires greenhouses with plans to expand

The firm plans double the size of Houweling’s Group’s 30-acre Utah greenhouse, as expansion capital becomes increasingly important for the indoor ag market.

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