Blackdirt raises $510,000 through Harvest Returns

Chief executive David Nicola tells Agri Investor the three-year term loan secured through the crowdfunding platform will allow his firm to continue building its model for scalable grass-fed beef production.

ACERA to make ag and timber pledges in effort to boost real assets

As it scouts the market for private infrastructure, timber and farmland funds, the $8.1bn pension has created a temporary allocation to invest in passive vehicles offering exposure to the same underlying assets.

Salveo backs cannabis biotech in $10m Series A

Managing partner Jeffrey Howard says Front Range Biosciences is among the companies benefiting from a surge in private investor interest in cannabis.

SCERS commits $40m to Paine Schwartz amid real assets push

The investment comes as the $9bn Sacramento pension earmarks up to 30% of an increased real assets portfolio for ag and timber by 2020.

WSIB ups farmland exposure with $250m commitment

The $129bn pension, which has backed Agriculture Capital and Homestead Capital among others in the past, is providing one-sixth of the dry powder sought by IFC's $1.5bn buy-and-lease vehicle.

Australian Rural Capital to focus on unlisted assets after lack of interest in listed...

The Brisbane-based firm, which was part of a failed Chinese-led bid for S Kidman & Co, has seen ‘continuing interest’ from investors in unlisted assets.

Maersk enters Finistere’s grain storage-focused $6.5m Series A

As it strives to become a more diversified logistics provider, 114-year-old Maersk hopes to learn from entrepreneurs by becoming a 'credible' investor, says Maersk Growth venture partner Peter Votkjaer Jorgensen.

Frontier-market sustainable forestry fund reaches $60m close

The fund will target 12% annual returns as the profile of developing-world timber rises among impact investors, says Arbaro Advisors MD Marco Kaiser.

Exclusive: Summit Ag expects $75m first close for $300m agribiz fund

Chief executive Bruce Rastetter says the vehicle will target annual returns of more than 20 percent by investing in mid-cap companies in mid-stream agricultural businesses located in the US Midwest.

Planfarm relaunches $250m agri fund amid ‘very strong’ season for WA wheat belt

Western Australian Farm Investment Fund is targeting 13.5% IRR but has received little interest from domestic superannuation funds.

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