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Arable acquires second Californian irrigation company

The acquisition of Lodi Pump and Irrigation follows the firm’s purchase of Hydratec earlier this year.

Salveo Capital commits to cannabis as larger investors circle the market

The US firm has decided to back a company closer to direct cannabis flower production than any of its previous investments. Managing director Michael Gruber tells us why.

AFGRI taps PIC and Fairfax equity in bid to create pan-African ag group

Chief executive Chris Venter tells Agri Investor the company, which financial backers took private four years ago, could seek to co-invest with institutions to seal strategic acquisitions.

Qatar SWF goes shopping for farms abroad as blockade bites

The ag subsidiary of the Qatar Investment Authority, which already owns chunks of farmland in Australia, plans to invest $500m in Sudan by 2021. We take a look at the unit’s current holdings overseas.

Blue Sky opens books to Australian regulator as shares hit new low

The asset manager told the ASX today it had received a section 33 notice from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

New global ag index welcomed but Australian figures questioned

Investors believe the Duxton Global Agricultural Property Index could help improve agriculture's credibility as an asset class, but doubt has been cast over its low recorded returns for Australia.

Pontifax participates in $110m funding round in ninth deal from debut fund

Precision BioSciences will use the capital raised to extend its gene-editing technology from human therapeutics to the agri-food industry.

Upsizing Oz

Getting more large-scale assets to market would help address one obstacle to greater superfund investment in Australian agriculture. But it is no silver bullet.

When strawberries go south: A massive bankruptcy in California

In the first of a series of case studies, we look at what led to the collapse of Eclipse Berry Farms, which at its peak generated $230m in revenue from its growing operations.

Paine portfolio biologicals company brings in new CEO

Peter Berwerger, already a member of Paine’s Portfolio Excellence Platform, has assumed the role of chief executive at AgBiTech after having held the same role with Paine’ irrigation company.

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