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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.

Ag ‘thunderstorm’ brings debt and equity opportunities – Tiverton Advisors

Managing partner David Chattleton says for the 'first time in six to seven years' it is an ideal moment to deploy equity, after raising $60m for two ag funds.

African swine fever: Inside Proterra’s Shandong joint-venture

Managing partner Rich Gammill’s first-hand account describes the march of a disease that caught out China’s farmers and central government, and left a global supply gap that will impact all protein trade flows.

Red Reef brings in $61m towards $300m target

bfinance director Guy Hopgood says investor demand in ag is being fed by the return of capital held in real estate and infrastructure vehicles nearing the end of their lives.

Paine Schwartz taps SWF capital to exceed hard-cap on $1.45bn Fund V

CEO Kevin Schwartz says the firm specifically targeted investors outside of its traditional base in the US and Europe, resulting in commitments coming in from institutions in China, Japan and the Middle East.

Nuveen targets $2.4bn for first open-ended farmland fund – exclusive

The vehicle secured $100m from the Vermont Pension Investment Committee and will aim to make farmland acquisitions averaging $20m across the US, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Poland, Romania and Chile.

Opportunity costs and the Iranian US-soy import boomlet

The end of an unlikely surge in Iranian imports of US soy highlights risk that investors face when policymakers use ag to pursue unrelated goals.

Weyerhaeuser’s $300m timberland sale could signal northern US timber exit

Following its disposal of 555,000 Michigan acres, Weyerhaeuser’s plans for similar properties in Maine could provide clues as to whether the sale marks a shift in species preference.

Proterra finds joy in small ticket ag loans

Managing director Jonathan Logan says the firm’s debt strategy is focused on the junior loans that few other lenders offer to US agribusinesses.

$14.5m FarmWise Series A comes amid growing robotics interest in ag

FarmWise’s autonomous robots are already being used by customers to carry out weeding and the company plans to use the Series A funds to add further farming capabilities.

Texas TRS on farmland: ‘It’s becoming of interest to us again’

Texas TRS senior investment manager Carolyn Hansard says the $152bn pension is revisiting the farmland market, in part because land could compliment existing investments with Paine Schwartz.
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