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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.

Agri Investor Forum: Managers tout market turn

Agri players are seeing significant opportunities for private farmland investors amid financial pressure on US agricultural producers.

Investors should ‘limit reliance on third-party due diligence’

An FAO/OECD report warns that over-reliance on third parties risks missing ‘red flags’ determined by agricultural operations and suggests companies integrate field-based staff and producers on the ground in developing countries to mitigate this.

Now farmland is ‘established’, the battle to define the asset class can begin

The 2018 Agri Investor Forum in Chicago kicked off with a declaration stating farmland’s arrival as an asset class, before experts expounded upon the opportunities and uncertainties surrounding their markets and related subsectors.

Agri Investor Forum: Ag funds navigating shifts in LP sentiment

While the opening panel at our 2018 Forum in Chicago acknowledged such near-term headwinds facing managers as increased competition for fixed income, there was optimism for long-term growth.

NCREIF: Income drives modest Q3 farmland return

Though a spike in Southeast appreciation raised questions for many, market participants tell us the report generally accurately reflects current conditions across US farmland markets.

Paine Schwartz adds former Sunrise exec as operating partner

Ed Haft already serves on the boards of three Paine portfolio companies and was chief executive at Sunrise Growers before the firm sold the frozen fruit processor and marketer to SunOpta for $450m in 2015.

Gladstone acquires California fig orchard for $23m

Kevin Herman, founder of the Specialty Crop Company, which has signed an eight-year lease on the property, tells Agri Investor why figs are ‘the perfect crop to be growing in California right now.’

Beyond Meat, towards what?

As the early leader among alternative protein startups reportedly heads towards public markets, Agri Investor asks what impact the move will have on innovative upstarts looking to follow its example and the private investors clamoring to back them.

Maersk Growth backs third food waste start-up

Venture partner Peter Votkjaer Jorgensen tells Agri Investor that over the long-term, Spoiler Alert’s unsold food inventory data could facilitate inter-regional trade in items nearing their expiration dates.

Brazil’s centrists ‘could bolster Bolsonaro’s agribusiness reform efforts’

Chief executive Sebastian Popik tells Agri Investor that after a years-long period when macroeconomic uncertainty complicated Brazil-focused fundraising efforts, he expects a surge following the country’s October 28 election.

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