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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.
The $11.6bn pension’s chief investment officer Carlos Borromeo says the two firms were selected from a list of seven in a search to fill a farmland allocation added for diversification.
Agriculture accounts for almost 20% of the $3.9bn pension’s real return portfolio, of which timber’s share is 2%.
Managing director Daniel Sachs says Monta Vista Farming Company forms the beginning of a vertical strategy focused on the midstream of the almond supply chain.
Progress in land market reform will be celebrated when Joe Biden meets with his Ukrainian counterpart next week, but the path forward is far from clear.
Mahi Pono says it will soon file an environmental impact statement related to East Maui Irrigation Company’s Sierra Club-challenged stream diversions.
Head of timberland investments Tom Sarno says the firm has recently added a director of acquisitions for South America and plans to expand across Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and elsewhere.
The bankruptcy of Pipeline Foods, an early leader in the effort to build out US organic ag, will influence the approach of investors now seeking profit in the same market.
Co-Founder Trent Yang says agriculture could account for about 30 percent of the firm’s sustainability strategy, which seeks mid-teens returns.
Robert Hodgen served as managing director at New York-headquartered AMERRA and interim chief executive for organic supply chain-focused Pipeline Foods, which filed for bankruptcy last month.
Despite some negative publicity associated with beef’s GHG emissions, the sector received a $500m USDA package to increase processing capacity while Rabobank’s Justin Sherrard says, ‘beef is where the answer lies.’
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