Guest commentary

Case study: Certifying complex farmland operations

Wilfred Morren, founder of land investment brokerage firm Farmland Uruguay, outlines how forestry and farmland certification was achieved on a mixed cattle, forestry and cropping investment in Uruguay.

Halderman: Land value drop creates buying opportunity

Howard Halderman, whose institutional clients include the New Mexico Education Retirement Board, argues that lower prices make now a good time to invest in the US farmland space.

The agtech window of opportunity is now

AgTech Accelerator chief executive John Dombrosky (pictured) argues a funding gap, new models bringing together university research with venture capital, and real demand for agtech, mean now is a great moment to enter the space as an investor.

The hidden risk in farmland investment

A dynamic hedging approach is a complex but innovative and flexible way to get good returns from an international farmland portfolio, argues Insight Investment's head of currency research.

Organic economics

Harn Soper, the founder of Sustainable Farm Partners, first saw the advantages of organic production when he converted his family farm. Here, he walks us through the cost advantages – and some of the risks – of converting to organic.

The difference between Australian and New Zealand dairy

Farm investment advisor Bryony Fitzgerald argues Australia's dairy industry is a complex one and tells investors which metrics they should consider before putting down capital.

Africa’s challenging path to becoming an agri superpower

Juraj Neuwirth, an associate at law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, tells Agri Investor why Africa is more suited to smaller, specialised investments, and why better regulation is to come.

Aquila: a guide to forestry investment vehicles

Whether you are looking at funds, TIMOs or club deals, Aquila Capital portfolio manager Nils von Schmidt gives his take on forestry investment vehicles, who they are suited to and why.

The end of ‘spray and pray’

‘Biologicals’, products based on the microbiome of a plant, are faster and cheaper to produce than pesticides. NewLeaf Symbiotics chief executive Tom Laurita says that this fast-moving area offers ample opportunity, but still has high risks.

FAIRR’s Alan Briefel: time to face up to factory farming

Alan Briefel, executive director of the Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return Initiative, makes the financial case for animal welfare in factory farming.

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