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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.
Senior managing director Marc Drouin says underused irrigation infrastructure helped make the C$204.5bn pension’s entry into European ag a highlight within natural resources deployments last year.
The C$204.5bn pension’s facility is secured by Flagship Pioneering-backed Indigo’s intellectual property and could be a first of its kind.
Chief sustainability officer Brian Kernohan says fund-level reporting and enrolling 300,000 acres into Leading Harvest part of designed to respond to growing sustainability scrutiny among LPs.
The race to buy and build profitable greenhouses favors capital that can strengthen project finance, construction and government relations networks in key geographies.
Partner Liz Harrison says a decrease among US producer respondents willing buy inputs online reflects large suppliers' lack of commitment to digital channels and the growing role of trusted agronomists.
Ejnar Knudsen says US pensions are among LPs in a distinct AGR vehicle focused on the type of ag-related real assets that proved resilient throughout covid-19-related shutdowns.
Partner Ben Kortlang says Los Angeles-headquartered ProducePay aims to provide fresh produce the same information sharing and intermediary functions that have transformed transportation and used car markets.
Chairman Dave Chen says the 40-acre planned greenfield facility reflects the growing demand for scale in greenhouse sector that has rendered some smaller facilities ‘stranded assets.’
Meat industry, meats hanging in the cold store slaughterhouse, cattle
A cyberattack on US beef production will serve as a data point within an ongoing re-calibration of private sector and national security interests in protecting key supply chains.
Founder Allison Kopf says banks, private funds and midstream incumbents could all be among lenders supporting expected capex of about $20bn over the next 10 years for leafy greens alone.
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