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University of California Davis animal health professor Frank Mitloehner is working with the pair to improve cattle welfare and minimize the beef carbon footprint at Green Plains Cattle Company.
PSP head of natural resources Marc Drouin said the pension would look to do more post-farmgate investments in Australia and could work with local funding partners more in future.
The investment is Tenacious’s first outside Australia and the second overall from its inaugural fund, which closed in Q1 2020.
The food-focused subsidiary of Saudi Arabia’s $300bn Public Investment Fund increased its 20% stake in Minerva Foods it purchased in 2016 to 33.8%.
Corn field, aerial view, farmland
Real estate investors looking for steady returns are beginning to view sale-and-leaseback agriculture assets as core investments, Colliers says.
ADQ is also among several potential investors into the Louis Dreyfus Company and acquired a 50% stake in multinational agribusiness Al Dahra Holding Company in May.
Principal Ryan Ramsey says a similar focus on low correlation, capital preservation and specialized management of long lived, capital-intensive assets is part of what makes ag 'ripe for institutional investment.'
Practice leader Rob Dongoski said investment opportunities are expected to develop but investors have not yet been invited to ensure idea creation is prioritized ahead of transactions closures.
Windmill, Outback Australia
Associate portfolio manager Brent Snow says the fund may look to use its water portfolio to develop assets directly and take on operational risk, but sale-and-leasebacks will continue to be the main avenue for investment.
Lion Dairy & Drinks is Australia’s second-largest milk processor but the proposed sale did not include any farmland, an area of concern during previously blocked Chinese takeover bids.
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