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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.

Equilibrium acquires greenhouses with plans to expand

The firm plans double the size of Houweling’s Group’s 30-acre Utah greenhouse, as expansion capital becomes increasingly important for the indoor ag market.

IFC acquires Washington apple companies amid active market

Washington agronomist Stu Turner tells Agri Investor that a large apple crop in 2017 has helped financial investors play an increasingly active role in the state’s farmland market.

PSP Investments: Hawaii cropping plan reflects ag strategy’s growth

Head of natural resources Marc Drouin tells Agri Investor his unit would have been unlikely to take on such a complex agricultural investment three years ago.

TRS Louisiana creates $100m AgIS separate account

AgIS founder and president Jeff Conrad told a conference audience last month that US pensions are increasingly viewing farmland as a permanent fixture of their asset mix.

Alaska Retirement boosts permanent crop target, opens to direct

ARMB real assets investment manager Nicholas Orr stresses row crops’ limited return potential in calling for changes to the pension’s $852m farmland portfolio.

Iowa PE firm closes second fund on $113m

Midwest Growth Partners founding partner tells Agri Investor the fund will target midstream and consumer-facing opportunities overlooked by larger investors.

Will Canadians be model ag investors?

A rapid series of investments by Canadian institutions highlights the key role they are likely to play as the asset class evolves.

Investor lines blur in LatAm’s young agtech markets

Latin America deal activity is 'remarkably healthy,' authors of a Finistere Ventures report tell Agri Investor.

Timber vets launch advisory amidst challenged market

Principals John Enlow and Eric Schwefler tell Agri Investor that Forest Resource Advisors will help institutions in a timber market characterized by compressing returns, changed LP expectations and the introduction of new fund structures.

Arable continues irrigation roll-up

Addition of US Irrigation to the WSIB-backed firm’s Laurel Agriculture + Water Solutions platform could be designed to bring in recurring rental revenue, says source.

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