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Legal analysis: Investing in cannabis from the UK

Christopher S Harrison unpicks the myriad laws and regulations that impact British investments into overseas cannabis businesses, and sets out why investors are in a legal grey area when they engage in this burgeoning global market.

ACCC sets out terms for Murray-Darling Basin water markets inquiry

The Australian competition watchdog will examine how water markets' participants behave and what impact they have on water prices, as well as the extent to which the markets' original objectives have been achieved.

What the CPC management buyout tells us about Australian agriculture

An MBO led by Guy Hands, whose Terra Firma owns CPC, shows the lack of interest from other corporate farmers in the portfolio – but Hands and CPC management should be applauded for re-investing.

Terra Firma’s Guy Hands to lead MBO of Consolidated Pastoral Company

Outside investors will be invited to participate in the takeover, with Guy Hands and his family providing a cornerstone commitment alongside CPC management.

Ginkgo Bioworks’ $350m fund to deploy capital by year-end

The Ferment Fund will exclusively support companies that have been spun out from Ginkgo and will benefit from full access to the company’s platform for cell programming.

Australia grain demand to grow faster than supply over next decade – Rabobank

The country will remain a net exporter of cereal grains, but the proportion of grains being exported is forecast to fall from 60% down to 53% as domestic demand growth outpaces supply.

Future Meat secures $14m in S2G-led Series A

Chief scientist Yaakov Nahmias says the start-up’s methodology means it only takes 14 days to produce cultured chicken or beef, whether it is producing 1kg or 1 tonne of meat.

Rural Funds publishes property values in continuing defense of business

Embattled listed fund manager, which generates income by leasing farmland, published a farm-by-farm breakdown of property values as it tried to reassure investors in the face of a short-selling attack.

Gladstone acquires Nebraska farmland in $14.7m deal

The publicly traded REIT said the acquisition is in line with its strategy of buying or converting farmland from conventional to organic farms

Paine Schwartz takes 30% stake in table grape company

The firm’s investment commits it to a partnership that will see it provide joint funding for Specialty New Fruit Licensing’s activities and ongoing expansion
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