News & Analysis

Peoples Company launches cover-crop initiative in bid to boost land value

The program aims to bring the focus of the farm management industry from boosting cash yield to long-term appreciation, in keeping with the objectives of many institutional investors, says president Steve Bruere.

responsAbility backs developing world organics

Head of agriculture equity Rik Vyverman says Suminter’s customer base among Western food and clothing providers reduces foreign exchange risk and helps the investment meet the firm’s financial return target.

Exclusive: NZ Super Fund considering first investments in US agriculture

New Zealand’s sovereign wealth fund is aiming to increase its ag weighting to 3% of its assets and is increasingly looking offshore to achieve this, following its first move into Australia in 2017.

Family offices’ desire for impact and illiquid deals ‘driving appetite for ag’

Firms are starting to get over ‘the hangover of 2008’ as a new, more ESG-minded, generation of leadership assumes control.

PSP purchases Australian vineyard through Blue Sky partnership

The Canadian pension made the investment through its strategic tie-up with the embattled fund manager, securing the asset from a Singaporean vendor on a sale-and-leaseback deal.

The UK’s ‘livestock eBay’ aims to disrupt ag trade by going into genetics

Hectare Agritech chief executive Doug Bairner says the company’s online marketplace is now used by 25% of UK farms and will launch in at least one European country next year.

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.

Northern California draws in private capital in post-drought recovery

The 'very efficient' almond market and rising land values are probably among the factors that just prompted AgIS Capital to buy a 952-acre property for a reported $24m.

First State Super pauses future investments with Blue Sky

The fund, which has invested in water rights and almonds through the Brisbane-based manager, is monitoring the situation due to potential reputational risk.

CPC sells 850,000ha Nockatunga Station as portfolio divestment begins

The A$50m asset is the first to be broken off from the company’s wider portfolio, which is still subject to a sale process.

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