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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.
Carbon, emissions, farm, cattle, methane
Myriad concerns mean ‘uncomfortable’ players are offering carbon markets while harboring doubts because they don’t want to lose ground to competitors or miss out on business.
Jonathan Sanderman, an associate soil scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, says expectations agricultural soils will gain carbon and provide income to farmers are too high.
Chris Lipton joins GreenWood Resources as head of timberland investments after stints with Hancock and BTG Pactual.
Chief investment officer says following covid-19, increased attention to preventative food investments aimed at deflating healthcare costs will create opportunities for LPs.
Almond nut trees in orchard, permanent crop
Portfolio manager Jonathan Braams says the $C118bn asset manager is considering direct and fund investments to expand the role of ag within its renewable resources portfolio.
Farmland Opportunity president Jay Girotto says the full land market impact of recent ‘feast, then famine’ production dynamics in Pacific Northwest remains to seen.
Pushback against early movers in the water markets, and the strategies they adopt to overcome it, will shape the pathway for any investors that choose to follow.
Corn field, aerial view, farmland
Rabo AgriFinance vice-president Cristian Barcan says carbon credits themselves could be a precursor to credits in other areas such as biodiversity, water and soil health.
WAM has operated legally within the confines of Colorado’s water speculation laws, but public concerns have resulted in a work group considering the need for ‘investment water speculation’ laws.
Eventual opening to direct farmland ownership is by no means guaranteed, but signs of growing foreign participation are visible in a Ukrainian ag market facing regulatory and climatic change.

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