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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.

Paine Schwartz-backed Meadow Foods acquires edible oils producer

The dairy and ingredient provider’s purchase of UK-headquartered Roil Foods follows its add-on of Fayrefield Liquids in August.

Chattanooga pension hunts ag and timber managers

The $230m pension has issued RFPs for commitments to the asset classes through its investment consultant Dahab Associates.

Aurora backs Molpus with $5m commitment amid transaction slowdown

The $475m pension’s investment is its third with the Mississippi-headquartered timber manager, which officially launched the fifth iteration of its flagship fund in August.

Gladstone reports net losses for Q4 and 2017

Chairman and chief executive David Gladstone says rising inflation, which he believes is currently under-reported, is driving up farmland values.

Exclusive: Rabobank mulls securitization of UN fund loans

Director of sustainability Bas Ruter tells Agri Investor how the Dutch bank hopes to securitize loans provided through a $1bn facility established alongside the UN once enough investments have been made.

Could a NAFTA rewrite sour CDPQ’s $40m dairy platform?

The C$286bn pension is boosting a co-investment structure to support regional dairy as the sector emerges as a focus of ongoing trade negotiations.

Aberdeen eyes agri through fund of funds run by former FLAG team

Homestead Capital is among the firms that have received commitments from the vehicle, which has raised at least $268m towards its $300m goal.

Exclusive: Westchester makes 50,000-acre Mississippi land purchase

The TIAA affiliate has bought a portfolio from Gaylon Lawrence Jr, a Nashville-based investor with holdings that include regional banks, an air conditioning company and farmland assets estimated at 180,000 acres, sources told Agri Investor.

Exclusive: Investor appetite for Mississippi River Delta drives $5m to LandFund fourth fund

Founder John Farris tells Agri Investor the vehicle, which targets $30m, will offer annual returns of about 11% through a value-add strategy that could include organic conversions.

Hancock brings in $706m for blended timber and ag vehicle

An industry observer tells Agri Investor that the open-ended vehicle, which has received pledges from at least 37 investors, represents 'a bit of a new path' for the industry.