News & Analysis

Farmland rental platform nets $8.25m in Series A

Tillable co-founder Corbett Kull says the platform is already connecting growers and institutional landowners.

Westchester hires ex-BlackRock exec as portfolio manager

Skye Macpherson left the New York headquartered asset manager earlier this year and will focus on the Nuveen subsidiary’s proprietary research and analytics, developing new investment products and expanding its ESG investment process.

Future Fund chair warns of risks to SWFs from rising populism

Peter Costello said partnerships with local investors, but also greater transparency on the part of sovereign funds is the way forward.

Bezos family office among group injecting $30m into mayo alternative

Elio Leoni Sceti, co-founder of lead investor The Craftory, says the investment into NotCo reflects a strategy designed to harness a 'seismic shift' in the relationship between brands and consumers over the past five years.

Grains VC fund aims to foster Australian agtech ecosystem

Sydney-based Artesian Venture Partners has launched its A$50m GrainInnovate VC fund with backing from the Grains Research and Development Corporation

The uncontrollable known

Ag fund managers are hoping for resolution of US-China trade tensions. The savviest will prepare for them to get better and worse.

Hancock expects to re-open timber and farmland fund in 2019

The $706m Hancock Timberland and Farmland Fund has backed a number of acquisitions, say portfolio managers.

GrainCorp sells Australian bulk liquid terminals for A$350m

Long-Term Asset Partner’s mysterious bid for 100% of GrainCorp faces a May 10 deadline after sale of liquid terminals to ANZ Terminals, owned by several infra fund managers.

Pipeline Foods buys SunOpta’s organic corn, soy business for $66.5m

The deal expands Pipeline’s network of suppliers and customers as well as its distribution network for grains and oilseeds, says chief executive Eric Jackson.

OTPP elevates natural resources exec to director

Christopher Metrakos has held an energy-focused position within the C$193bn pension’s natural resources unit since 2014.

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