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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.
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Harvard Management Company was forced to write off $1bn of 'deeply troubled assets' in 2017 but made investments totaling $100m in its last fiscal year.
Canola field with wind turbines in background
As one of the few companies basing its business model on initiatives designed to re-imagine ag as a solution to climate change, the fortunes of Indigo Agriculture could prove to be a timely acid test.
Illinois SURS will commit $225m to real asset classes including ag while 20% of all new capital deployed will target firms owned by minorities, females and persons with disabilities.
The firm has acquired and leased two greenhouse facilities to indoor ag company Revel Green and will repeat the formula for its upcoming acquisitions.
Three LPs have confirmed to Agri Investor they have made commitments totaling a combined $350m to a fund that launched in December.
A market source says family offices are likely to be the source for much of the capital raised for the St Louis-headquartered firm's AgriFood Fund II.
Founder John Farris said the direct investment platform has already secured three commitments, including one from a large Asian institution.
The hemp market will have to rely on venture capital to scale up in the short term says Victory Hemp Foods founder Chad Rosen, but it could be part of US institutional farmland crop rotation by 2023.
Chief executive Perry Vieth says LPs in the targeted $25m first close for Ceres Sustainable Food and Agriculture Opportunity Fund II will be offered reduced management and incentive fees.
Atlantic Sapphire is building a land-based salmon farming facility in Florida, the success of which could influence financing conditions for up to 70 similar projects proposed globally.
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