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Premium foods and meat substitutes ‘could be worth A$25bn’ – Australia’s national science agency

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation finds that shifting consumer preferences will lead to increased demand for health foods and alternative proteins, offering opportunities for growth.

ADM Capital fund leads €60m fundraise for M2i Life Sciences

Head of venture capital at the Cibus Fund Alastair Cooper says the firm believes synthetic pheromones have the best chance of replacing traditional chemical insecticides.

Why Australian agri is vulnerable to short-seller attacks

With high-profile ag investment management firms like Blue Sky Alternative Investments and Rural Funds Group attacked by American short-sellers in recent months, to varying degrees of success, what is making these firms an attractive target?

NSW explores ‘A$1bn’ privatization of softwood forest

NSW treasurer Dominic Perrottet has launched a study into the long-term lease of its commercial softwood plantation business, which sources say could raise as much as A$1bn.
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RRG-backed Sun World targets new markets and enhanced crops

Sun World sold its California farmland and elevated its former head of breeding and technology to CEO so it can focus on making breeding and technology investments.

Glencore Agri subsidiary acquires assets from troubled ILTA Grain

ILTA engaged Origin Merchant Partners in March 2019 to solicit interest for a sale of, or investment in, all or part of its assets.
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Rural Funds Management: short-sellers ‘play by different rules’ to ASX-listed firms

MD David Bryant tells Agri Investor that a new report by EY confirms that allegations made by Bonitas Research were ‘completely without foundation’.

Novacap-backed Mucci Farms acquires greenhouse grower

Novacap senior partner Domenic Mancini says interest in controlled-environment ag is growing and the firm’s LPs have expressed interest in co-investment opportunities on its ag-related companies.
Weather conditions in eastern Australia remain challenging, but farmland has continued to deliver strong capital growth for investors

Western Australian farms achieved 12.3% returns in 2018

Broadacre farmers in WA have ‘a lot of confidence’ after one of the highest-returning years recorded by Planfarm in its annual Benchmarks report.

Quintis-grown Indian sandalwood sells on open market

Interest from around 2,200 separate parties into the six lots on offer shows that the market for sandalwood grown in Australia is maturing, agent David Smith said.
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