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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.

Gladstone acquires California almond orchard for $8m

The purchase of the 761-acre property comes as USDA predicts record production of the nut.

TRSL backs Apollo natural resources fund with $75m commitment

Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana deputy CIO Maurice Coleman tells Agri Investor the vehicle’s strategy includes agriculture among its target sectors.

Ralco spin-out shrimp project raises $25m in US Midwest

Executives from The tru Shrimp Company tell Agri Investor their network of Midwest farmers and former ethanol investors will allow the Minnesota-headquartered business to leverage the region’s grain endowment, investor base and hunger for development.

Rabo subsidiary partners with farm management platform Conservis

Rabo AgriFinance and Conservis have established a development collaboration, which executives from both companies tell Agri Investor has the potential to facilitate farmers’ access to capital and a develop a greater role for agtech in institutional farmland portfolios.

Agri Investor Forum: Integrating biologicals is essential to future ag growth

At last month’s Agri Investor Forum in Chicago discussion about bridging gap between farmland and agtech, panelists from Vestaron, Marrone Bio Innovations and AgLaunch focused on focused largely on biopesticide products and consumers’ growing demand for organics and traceability.

Cargill acquires second Colombian poultry producer

Xavier Vargas, president of Cargill Protein Latin America, tells Agri Investor the acquisition reflects a company-wide focus on protein and is part of $100m investment earmarked for Colombia in 2017-20.

The promise and perils of ‘ag-o-mation’

Growing labor concerns across the agricultural economy highlight the opportunity for investors to help the sector lead the broader effort to integrate automation with the existing workforce.

Gladstone enters Texas with $8.5m potato property deal

Kyle Amos, president of Highfield Farm Asset Services, tells Agri Investor the property purchased by the NASDAQ-listed farmland REIT neighbors others owned by institutional investors.

Equilibrium’s second water fund targets $300m

The vehicle’s predecessor, Wastewater Opportunity Fund, closed on $184m in 2016 and focused on the construction of facilities to process food, beverage, agricultural and municipal wastewater.

EBRD agribusiness to strengthen social focus and explore new partnerships

Director of agribusiness Natalya Zhukova tells Agri Investor how the goals and approaches that will guide sector investment through 2023 have evolved since the last strategy was written in 2010.

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