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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.

Wheatsheaf joins group backing BC phosphorus recovery with $11m

Chief executive Graham Ramsbottom tells Agri Investor the Grosvenor Estate unit’s investment in Ostara reflects the firm’s focus on reducing agricultural waste and reliance on unsustainable resources.

Aqua backs Brazil biologicals company with $30m

Managing partner Sebastian Popik tells Agri Investor that intense competition in Brazil’s biologicals market inspired the firm to build their own company before buying a stake in Total Biotechnologia.

Exclusive: OTPP acquires Washington orchard

Dale Burgess, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan's head of infrastructure and natural resources, tells Agri Investor that Broetje Orchards is a natural fit for the C$194bn pension’s ag strategy.

Equilibrium unit buys US greenhouse for $11.3m

Senior principal Tom Amis tells Agri Investor that Revol Greens, the seller in the sale/leaseback transaction, has seen a spike in demand for greenhouse-grown produce following a recent E. coli outbreak traced to California lettuce.

Lyme Timber closes fifth fund on $300m

CEO Jim Hourdequin tells Agri Investor the vehicle is pursuing a mixture of conservation timberland assets and investments in the broader timber supply chain.

PSP joint venture buys 41,000-acre Hawaii property

A market source tells Agri Investor the creation of the diversified Mahi Pono joint venture reflects the C$159bn pension’s strategy to develop between 20 and 25 platforms across agricultural regions and sub-sectors.

Brazil: Carnival atmosphere or another Latin lesson for ag?

With the conversion of rainforest into farmland likely to be a closely watched gauge of Brazil’s new administration, farmland investors active in the market will be challenged to carefully weigh near-term opportunities and long-term challenges.

Vintage Wine Estates adds AGR exec as COO

Jeff Nicholson’s previous experience is focused on logistics in the pet supply industry.

Rabobank joins DFIs in $100m Argentina citrus company loan

San Miguel chief financial officer Patricio Aguirre Saravia tells Agri Investor that in recent months, a combination of economic and political factors has complicated the borrowing environment facing Argentina’s agribusinesses.

Agtech investment focus shifts towards science as market scales

Describing the firm’s recent Agtech Investment Review, Finistere Ventures' Arama Kukutai tells Agri Investor he expects private equity investors to acquire leading start-ups and pursue roll-ups as the market continues to develop.

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