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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.
Understanding partnerships such as the one between Goldcrest Farm Trust and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is an increasingly important element in assessing US and global agriculture markets.
AMERRA senior associate Anthony Ferrara says the firm has seen a trend of farmers outsourcing their shipping requirements in the face of rapidly developing regulation.
New Jersey Division of Investment and Rhode Island State Investment Authority are among investors to have made commitments towards the farmland fund.
BP Ventures CEO David Hayes says the firm's $30m investment into feed producer Calysta is the kind of complementary opportunity his unit will hunt for as it increases the scale and pace of investments.
Managing partner David Chattleton says for the 'first time in six to seven years' it is an ideal moment to deploy equity, after raising $60m for two ag funds.
Managing partner Rich Gammill’s first-hand account describes the march of a disease that caught out China’s farmers and central government, and left a global supply gap that will impact all protein trade flows.
bfinance director Guy Hopgood says investor demand in ag is being fed by the return of capital held in real estate and infrastructure vehicles nearing the end of their lives.
CEO Kevin Schwartz says the firm specifically targeted investors outside of its traditional base in the US and Europe, resulting in commitments coming in from institutions in China, Japan and the Middle East.
The vehicle secured $100m from the Vermont Pension Investment Committee and will aim to make farmland acquisitions averaging $20m across the US, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Poland, Romania and Chile.
The end of an unlikely surge in Iranian imports of US soy highlights risk that investors face when policymakers use ag to pursue unrelated goals.
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