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Chris Janiec

Chris Janiec is Americas Editor at Agri Investor. Based in New York, Janiec coordinates coverage of private investment into global food and agriculture with colleagues in London. 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.
Founder Paul Pittman discusses a defamatory attack on Farmland’s stock, as well as his firm’s forays into private farmland markets.
Sam Doyle will help manage the Bonnefield Integrated Agriculture Fund, which seeks mid-teen returns for global investors by building on the firm’s position in Canada’s historically hard to access farmland markets.
Founder Jay Koh says volatility in fuel and fertilizer prices should support demand for Solinftec’s ALICE AI platform, which automates planting, spraying, harvesting and tendering of crops.
Thor Talseth says he has personal motivation to play a more direct role in the roll-up of Mediterranean seafood providers he helped lead for AMERRA and Mubadala Investment Company.
Managing director Matthew Swanson says most private debt funds are not active in food and ag.
The 7,365-acre Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, farmland property produces crops including cotton, soybean, rice, wheat and was purchased from Farmland Partners late last year.
Grao Direto chief executive Alexandre Borges says high-level interest in digitizing agricultural supply chains has helped attract a steady stream of international investors despite Brazil’s sometimes volatile backdrop.
As the sector grows, organic agriculture is facing a string of possibilities and challenges.
Controlled-environment ag and anaerobic digestion both benefit from a shift from optimizing efficiency and cost towards to a focus on reliability, resiliency and redundancy, says chairman David Chen.
Founder and managing partner Nick Cooney says participation by a University-backed investment vehicle helped feed investor interest in NuCicer, which is developing high protein chickpeas.
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