News & Analysis

‘IFM for agriculture’ talks delayed to 2019

High-level discussions have taken place among industry super-funds to establish a new collective vehicle for ag investment, but the Royal Commission has drawn resources away.

Booming biofuel demand to help Brazil top LatAm agribusiness

Bruce Rastetter of Summit Ag, which expects to break ground on its second corn ethanol plant in Brazil this month, says key infrastructure projects could also loosen the country’s transportation bottlenecks.

Gladstone enters Florida panhandle with $2.6m farmland deal

The farmland REIT’s latest acquisition marks an expansion into a new region of Florida, a state second only to California within its $560m property portfolio.

Rising labor costs to boost robotics and hiring of farmhands from new regions

CoBank senior economist Ben Laine says wages could increase to the point where it becomes cheaper for the US to import commodities rather than the labor needed to produce them domestically.

Rocketing energy costs threaten to deter Australian ag investment

High energy prices are eating up increasing amounts of farmers' cash at a time when policy is in flux, warn two distinct pieces of research.

Soaring demand for Australian land ‘to keep driving prices higher’

Rabobank’s inaugural Land Price Outlook argues sustained demand from farmers and investors will allow prices to weather macro headwinds over the next two years.

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.

Washington-backed Arable Capital adds to irrigation platform

After closing a $300m debut fund last summer, the acquisition of Universal Irrigation marks the third such deal for the West Coast midstream specialists.

Rural Funds Management continues expansion with Queensland acquisitions

The manager of ASX-listed Rural Funds Group has bought cotton and cattle properties months after securing A$150m through an equity raise.

Time for timberland managers to log out?

As the asset class grows ever more defensive, large investors seek to safeguard returns by squeezing out costs. But GPs still have good cards to play.

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