News & Analysis

Blue Sky to raise new ag fund, renegotiate loan terms with Oaktree

The Brisbane-based asset manager is in discussions with Oaktree Capital Management over its lending covenants, although MD Kim Morison said investors should have ‘no concerns’.

Traversing the US’s complex farmland landscape

Farmland values appear the last shoe to drop amid growing financial pressure on US agricultural producers and a fluid political backdrop.

Rabo Ventures Fund eyes expansion after €80m infusion

Managing partner Harrie Vollaard says rather than establish offices in innovation hubs, Rabobank will partner with funds already active in seed and Series A stage companies in key fintech and agtech markets.

Stafford launches A$150m Australia-focused farmland fund

Stafford made its first farm acquisitions in the country in December, using a separate account, head of agriculture and food Jos Boeren told us.

Saudi Arabia makes first move into Australian ag with plans to deploy ‘hundreds of...

Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company has bought 200,000 ha of land in WA from John Nicoletti and is considering opening an office in Perth.

Hamilton Lane: Alpha search drives ag/infra convergence

Managing director Brent Burnett says branching out into 'farm-to-market' infrastructure has proved attractive for managers of both agriculture and infrastructure-focused funds.

Australian start-up reveals AI-powered farm valuation platform

Agtech start-up Digital Agriculture Services recently secured funding from CSIRO and has seen strong interest from investors in using its web-based platform.

Open Prairie closes RBIC fund on $80m

Principal Leland Strom says the firm spoke with more than 100 organizations in its effort to expand participation in the USDA’s Rural Business Investment Company program.

For a water test case, keep your eye on California

Amid reports that water worries are pushing investors north into the Pacific Northwest, California farmland markets are preparing for a new regulatory regime one manager says will create winners and losers.
The US public pension has created a separate account with AgIS Capital.

TRSL commits $100m to AgIS separate account

The US public pension has created a separate account with AgIS Capital.

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