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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.
The 7,365-acre Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, farmland property produces crops including cotton, soybean, rice, wheat and was purchased from Farmland Partners late last year.
Grao Direto chief executive Alexandre Borges says high-level interest in digitizing agricultural supply chains has helped attract a steady stream of international investors despite Brazil’s sometimes volatile backdrop.
As the sector grows, organic agriculture is facing a string of possibilities and challenges.
Controlled-environment ag and anaerobic digestion both benefit from a shift from optimizing efficiency and cost towards to a focus on reliability, resiliency and redundancy, says chairman David Chen.
Founder and managing partner Nick Cooney says participation by a University-backed investment vehicle helped feed investor interest in NuCicer, which is developing high protein chickpeas.
Impossible Foods’ lawsuit alleging patent infringement on its meat-mimicking heme production process marks a tipping point for plant-based markets and investors backing them.
Investment staff highlighted the Cargill spin-out’s Farm Credit System relationship as the competitive advantage of a strategy targeting 13% net IRR through provision of US agribusinesses loans.
Data products manager Allison Kopf says the company has already helped facilitate about $250m in expansion and project finance capital through a process it plans to accelerate over the next 18 months.
Wheat field, Ukraine
Russia’s invasion raises short, medium and long-term questions that could cement a focus on regionalization and shorter supply chains in global agriculture.
Australian produce provider Perfection Fresh will serve as a platform for growth focused on large-scale greenhouse facilities in markets including Southeast Asia and China, says chairman Dave Chen.

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