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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.
Chief executive Paul Young says partnership with asset manager Diffractive Managers Group will bring fresh sources of capital for timber and ag strategies.
Jessica Hans, who has also worked at the Blackstone Group, says this point in the market cycle brings opportunity to uncorrelated sources of yield.
At Peoples Company Land Investment Expo in Iowa earlier this month, FCSA senior vice-president Jim Knuth said market conditions are combining to squeeze farmer margins and will bring the current boom to an end.
Peoples Company’s annual Land Investment Expo saw attendees trying to predict the direction of US interest rates, geopolitics and the weather – but the centrality of government support only appears to be heading in one direction.
Empowering female decision makers in ag is an important step toward building a more prosperous food system, says Women in Agriculture initiative director Leonor Gutierrez.
Competitive markets and new fund investments dictate that the pension expects it will take up to 24 months for its capital to be deployed through Ceres’ Midwest-focused open-ended farmland vehicle.
The pension is considering divestment from timber and ag as it looks to strengthen inflation hedging and performance through non-core real estate and infrastructure investments.
Ambitious plans to revamp forestry’s role in global climate change mitigation face significant environmental, social and governance challenges in Brazil.
Eric Cooperstrom says Manulife’s Forest Climate Fund will support both internally developed projects and collaborations with established carbon development companies familiar with regional methodologies and regulation.
Recent strength in farmland markets has been driven in part by rising interest rates that are themselves likely to be a key factor shaping buying strategies in the years ahead.
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