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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.

More VC/PE collaborations on agtech roll-ups likely: Finistere

Mergers like Bayer/Monsanto and Dow/DuPont have increased investors’ attention on consolidation opportunities in the sector.

Produce marketplace start-up secures $8m in Series A funding

Full Harvest, a platform that brings together agri markets for excess produce has attracted investment from Cultivian Sandbox Ventures and Spark Capital.

Why US wildfires could shape the timberland market

The devastation inflicted on the West Coast raises complex questions about the impact of harvesting restrictions and the ‘Roadless Rule’ in federally managed forests.

CalPERS’ water, climate and tech research to guide future ag investment

The $356bn California pension's director for sustainable investments discusses how its efforts to centralize ESG factors could shape its agriculture strategy.

Specialty lender backs Paraguay agribusiness with $8m loan

Latitude 20 Capital Partners’ Eimaad Ahmed says political and infrastructure conditions in Paraguay have allowed it to take greater advantage of the US-China trade war than its Latin American peers.

Exclusive: Houston firm to launch $50m fund after two agribiz deals

Brian Iversen of water-focused Cimbria Capital tells us about the firm’s efforts to establish a track record before hitting the market with its debut fund.

Oaktree, a pioneer of the cold-storage asset class?

PE-backed Agro Merchants has bought a Philadelphia transport business amid a flurry of acquisitions driven by growing investor confidence in the sector.

Paine Schwartz exits Meadow Foods amid fundraise

After completing two acquisitions since September 2016, the dairy supplier has been acquired by Exponent, a UK mid-market firm.

Rare valuation dip raises questions for US timberland

Insiders say a depreciation of nearly 1% for Southern assets could reflect methodological quirks or appraisers' lower expectations on timber prices.

Private equity prepares to follow organic farmers into the mainstream

Accelerating changes in farming techniques will create a wider market for biological inputs, says Pam Marrone, chief executive of Ospraie portfolio company MBI.

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