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Finistere-backed ZeaKal inks cannabis partnership, $10m investment

The crop chemicals company had been reluctant to enter the cannabis market without relevant expertise, says chief executive Han Chen.

Bonnefield plans open-ended farmland fund for institutions – exclusive

After launching an evergreen vehicle targeting high-net worth individuals in 2017, CEO Tom Eisenhauer says the new more flexible institutional structure comes amid a surge of interest from Canadian endowments and smaller pensions.

Cultivian, Anterra and Open Prairie among investors in $40m biologicals Series B

Vestaron chief executive Anna Rath says attracting life-science investors into later-stage agtech startups will be key to the market's development.

Cresco Capital Partners closes cannabis fund on $60m

Managing partner Codie Sanchez says LPs in the firm’s second vehicle include managers from large private equity and venture capital firms committing their own capital.

Nuveen backs Indian ag lender’s $55m Series D

The investment brings Samunnati’s total fundraising to $84.5m since it was founded in 2014.

Phatisa sells stake in Meridian Group as fundraising for second Food Fund continues

The Africa-focused firm says it has identified $200m of opportunities for Phatisa Food Fund 2, with some transactions at the due diligence stage.

Butterfly Equity fund hits $429m

Filings suggest the firm co-headed by an ex-KKR principal is continuing to raise capital for its second fund.

Cultivian Sandbox fund misses $200m target

The firm secures $130m from strategic ag investors like ADM and Smithfield, as well as its first non-US LPs, like Sumitomo Chemical America.

‘We’ve had to be flexible, because if you are not flexible, you die’

With C$400m deployed from Fiera Comox's debut vehicle, partner Bob Saul explains why the firm has shifted focus from a search for assets with existing cashflow to earlier-stage opportunities.

$20m Series D backs pongamia tree expansion

Chief executive Naveen Sika says the company is in discussions with PE firms and other institutional investors about whether the pongamia might be well-suited to Florida farmland previously planted in citrus.
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