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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.

SFP moves away from fund structure for Iowa farm deal

Founder and chief executive Harn Soper tells Agri Investor how feedback from LPs helped guide the firm’s journey from smaller to larger fund targets and back again, before moving away from the structure entirely.

South African SWF teams with black-owned investor group for landmark beef deal

EXEO Capital chief executive Herman Marais tells Agri Investor skills transfer will be key to the success of any effort to bring more black farmers and investors into South Africa’s ag economy.

NCREIF index shows earnings driving growth in US timber markets

While the sector improved in Q3, Forest Research Group economist Jack Lutz tells Agri Investor the next quarterly report will provide a clearer picture of the market’s response to the US-China trade dispute.

Rise in farm real estate delinquencies ‘could signal future sales’

Kansas City Fed agriculture economist Cortney Cowley explains to Agri Investor how its most recent Ag Finance Databook demonstrates challenges the US faces due to a surging national economy.

Looking to the ivory tower for leadership

Harvard Management Company’s response to a recent report alleging lax oversight of its farmland investments is disappointing.

MainePERS commits $50m to Homestead fund

Chief investment officer Andrew Sawyer tells Agri Investor the $14bn pension is 'pretty close to being fully committed' after allocating more than $800m to ag and timber vehicles since 2014.

Blackdirt raises $510,000 through Harvest Returns

Chief executive David Nicola tells Agri Investor the three-year term loan secured through the crowdfunding platform will allow his firm to continue building its model for scalable grass-fed beef production.

The Andersons buys Lansing in $305m deal

Macquarie Group of Australia and New Hope Group, a Chinese private equity firm, are among those that have invested in the commodities transportation and merchandising business.

Southwest and Northeast driving growth in US organics

Senior economist Ryan Koory says organic production is expanding 'less sporadically' as it races to match unmet demand where it is particularly strong.

Peoples Company launches cover-crop initiative in bid to boost land value

The program aims to bring the focus of the farm management industry from boosting cash yield to long-term appreciation, in keeping with the objectives of many institutional investors, says president Steve Bruere.

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