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Impact on US grain markets and investment minimal despite tariff ceasefire with China

Markets rose in anticipation of a deal between the two countries, but by limiting the agreement to additional tariffs for 90 days means the effect has been minimal and is likely to remain so, say industry insiders.

Alex Walker appointed to rapidly expand digital farmer-to-farmer network Wefarm

The knowledge-sharing network plans to increase its users from 1 million to 100 million with the expertise of the former Amazon executive.

Irish low-cost dairy loan facility Milk FlexFund2 is a hit

Loan applications under the €100 million vehicle are being secured to help dairy farmers expand sustainably after the abolition of the EU milk quota production scheme.

Australian investors make A$2.4bn bid for agribusiness giant GrainCorp

Asset manager Long-Term Asset Partners, backed by an undisclosed group of Australian investors, offers to acquire 100% of the company’s shares.

New €30m fund created to provide low-cost loans to French farmers and agri businesses

The European Investment Fund and the Regional Council of Nouvelle-Aquitaine are launching a guarantee vehicle to modernize the agriculture sector in the region and capitalize on the trend towards organic production.

Rabo Equity Advisors to launch $500m third fund in 2019 in Indian agri-food sector

The vehicle is a response to population growth in the country and demand for higher-quality produce due to increased spending power, Executive Chairman Rajesh Srivastava told Agri Investor.

DOB Equity invests in Ten Senses Africa amid growing demand for organic nuts

The impact investor plans to capitalize on the burgeoning fair-trade market by increasing the African producer’s trading volumes, margins and product lines.

Investors back InspiraFarms research to cut harvest losses in developing countries

The firm’s project features the installation of energy-efficient, small-scale refrigerated storage near the point of harvest to cut losses and drive investment across Africa, India and Latin America.

Gina Rinehart blasts government interference in Australian ag

Australia’s richest woman and chairman of Hancock Prospecting Group has criticised excessive red tape and the ‘burdens’ placed on ag by government.

Phatisa hires Eugene Stals as CIO

The manager is currently raising its Food Fund 2, which held a first close on $125m and is targeting a final close on $300m by the middle of next year.

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