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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.

Family offices’ desire for impact and illiquid deals ‘driving appetite for ag’

Firms are starting to get over ‘the hangover of 2008’ as a new, more ESG-minded, generation of leadership assumes control.

ACERA to make ag and timber pledges in effort to boost real assets

As it scouts the market for private infrastructure, timber and farmland funds, the $8.1bn pension has created a temporary allocation to invest in passive vehicles offering exposure to the same underlying assets.

Northern California draws in private capital in post-drought recovery

The 'very efficient' almond market and rising land values are probably among the factors that just prompted AgIS Capital to buy a 952-acre property for a reported $24m.

Salveo backs cannabis biotech in $10m Series A

Managing partner Jeffrey Howard says Front Range Biosciences is among the companies benefiting from a surge in private investor interest in cannabis.

Phatisa reaches $121m first close on second fund

Founding partner Stuart Bradley says the private equity firm has deliberately aimed to increase the participation of private investors in its second vehicle, which already counts OPIC and the AfDB among its LPs.

FMO backs Paraguay ag bank with $15m loan

Alvaro Pino, investment officer at the Dutch development bank, tells Agri Investor that DFIs and impact investors remain the main source of capital for all but the largest participants in the South American nation’s agricultural economy.

Bill Gates-linked firms ramp up bets on farmland investments

Sources say the addition of a $171m Pacific Northwest property to an entity containing Mississippi Delta assets comes amid signs the Microsoft founder's vehicles are increasing exposure to US farmland.

Paine Schwartz backs animal nutrition with Fund IV investment

MS Biotech has commercialized a product that helps cattle and dairy farmers reduce labor and forage costs by accelerating the transition to high-concentrate diets.

AGR exits New Zealand animal weighing business in $100m sale

Managing director Daniel Master says the TIAA affiliate grew the company by expanding in Latin America and argues the dairy cycle has yet to peak.

SCERS commits $40m to Paine Schwartz amid real assets push

The investment comes as the $9bn Sacramento pension earmarks up to 30% of an increased real assets portfolio for ag and timber by 2020.

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