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The promise and perils of ‘ag-o-mation’

Growing labor concerns across the agricultural economy highlight the opportunity for investors to help the sector lead the broader effort to integrate automation with the existing workforce.

Diversity is the new ESG

GPs may be reluctant to think about diversity in their own teams; at some point they will not have a choice.

Now farmland is ‘established’, the battle to define the asset class can begin

The 2018 Agri Investor Forum in Chicago kicked off with a declaration stating farmland’s arrival as an asset class, before experts expounded upon the opportunities and uncertainties surrounding their markets and related subsectors.

Time to put some flesh on the bones of impact investing

There is no lack of enthusiasm for impact investing, but a lack of definition risks undermining progress.

Beyond Meat, towards what?

As the early leader among alternative protein startups reportedly heads towards public markets, Agri Investor asks what impact the move will have on innovative upstarts looking to follow its example and the private investors clamoring to back them.

Australia’s drought policy is of little benefit to investors

The Australian government’s interventions in the sector to subsidize farmers struggling with drought may ultimately do more harm than good.

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.

Waving goodbye

In his last Weekly Letter as editor of Agri Investor, Matthieu Favas argues that agriculture today is changing at a much faster pace than many observers often think.

Will Oaktree’s investment be enough to save Blue Sky?

The US firm has agreed to invest A$50m in the embattled Australian manager through a convertible loan note. Blue Sky says this is a positive move for the business – but investors probably need more convincing.

Is Phaunos a one-off secondaries deal or a sign of things to come?

Stafford’s successful takeover of a $259m timber fund suggests most investors value a guaranteed exit today more than higher promised gains tomorrow.

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