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Hurdles remain, but opportunities in ESG investment, private credit and from foreign investors point to enormous potential in Australian agriculture.
Controversial Your Future, Your Super changes will remove an exemption to asset disclosure that has allowed superfunds to avoid revealing the value of some unlisted assets.
In a ‘pioneering first’, Impact Ag Partners this month sold A$500,000 of carbon credits to Microsoft through a voluntary market established by Regen Network.
Higher-than-expected yields have led ABARES to increase its December 2020 production forecast by 7.4%, but summer planting will still be lower than average.
The firm will raise its first commingled fund focused on food after managing several investments in the sector since spinning out from Macquarie in 2014.
Farmland, emissions, carbon
Australia's National Party has seen its ministers express differing views over whether or not the sector should be excluded from emissions reduction targets.
Foreign ownership of Australian farmland increased last year but remained flat as a percentage of the overall total, with China holding the most land.
A survey conducted by JPMorgan Asset Management shows Europe places the most importance on ESG considerations during investment, followed by Australia.
Rabobank’s Agribusiness Outlook 2021 suggests tailwinds for the sector will help overcome challenges posed by China, the pandemic recovery and increased sustainability expectations.
Primewest will use part of the A$60m raised in an institutional placement to make a cornerstone investment in its first agriculture fund.
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