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Timberland appraisal timing

Kevin Bates of Olympic Resource Management describes the shortcomings of the current practice of conducting timberland appraisals at the end of the fourth quarter each year.

Learning from Brazil’s ‘Weak Meat’ scandal

Monica Ganley, founder and principal of Quarterra, offers her thoughts on the fallout from the recent Brazilian meat scandal, 'Carne Fraca,' and how investors can learn from it.

Agtech holds key for institutional investors

Benjamin Belldegrun, managing partner with Pontifax AgTech Management, makes the case for why institutional investors should get excited about agtech companies.

Rabobank: As the crop cycle turns

Rabobank senior farm inputs analyst Kenneth Zuckerberg outlines key themes underpinning the ongoing transformation of the farm inputs sector.

FAIRR: China’s ‘meatless’ push signals boon for investors

Alan Briefel, executive director of the FAIRR (Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return) Initiative, explains why Chinese efforts to reduce meat consumption signals exciting – and meatless – opportunities for private investors.

Oliver: Romanian farmland set for long-term growth

Brown & Co partner Adam Oliver shares his view on the long-term growth prospects for Romanian farmland and the reasons his firm opened a permanent office there in 2016.

Meadows-Smith: The burgeoning opportunity for PE firms to fund ag startups

BioConsortia's Holly Meadows Smith tells Agri Investor why 2017 is primed for private equity investment into startups in agtech, biologicals and other ag industry subsectors.

Opportunity in India

Credit Suisse Private Fund Group director Connor O’Keeffe and associate Henry Watson explore the trends surrounding Indian agribusiness, in this extract from our new book on investing in agriculture.

Phatisa: ‘Large-scale farming in Africa must be sustainable’

In light of the recent news that the ICC is to expand its remit to include crimes associated with land grabbing and deforestation, Valentine Chitalu, chairman at sustainability focused African private equity firm Phatisa, argues that it is becoming increasingly clear that the most important consideration in large-scale farming project investment should be sustainable investment.

The investor’s guide: Australian tax

BDO tax partner Mark Molesworth explains how foreign investors can make tax-efficient arrangements when entering Australian agribusinesses, including those holding farmland.