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Controlled-environment ag and anaerobic digestion both benefit from a shift from optimizing efficiency and cost towards to a focus on reliability, resiliency and redundancy, says chairman David Chen.
Data products manager Allison Kopf says the company has already helped facilitate about $250m in expansion and project finance capital through a process it plans to accelerate over the next 18 months.
Co-founder Ryan Lefers describes informal discussions with US government entities regarding potential equity support for its controlled-environment farming systems in water-scarce markets worldwide.
Tomato, greenhouse, indoor ag, CEA
Regardless of the bumpy rides AeroFarms and AppHarvest have had in pursuit of public listings, investors are lining up for controlled environment ag.
Soli operated as Shenandoah Growers before a rebranding announced in October, alongside a $120m agreement supporting construction of three indoor farms.
Grain farm, wheat harvest
The world of agricultural private market investments has had a strong start to the year, with one of biggest fund closes in the past couple of years and significant SPAC transactions.
The C$119bn pension formally added agriculture in 2019 to a historically timber focused portfolio, which was rebranded as 'renewable resources.'
Tomato Greenhouse, controlled environment ag, CEA
Chairman Dave Chen says developments in controlled environment ag since Fund I’s $336m close in 2019 helped attract large Canadian and European pensions to its successor.
Co-founder David Rosenberg says he saw risk in allowing other companies’ technology to define the category for public market investors.
Chief investment officer Sanjeev Krishnan says recent developments in controlled environment ag evoke earlier stages of renewable energy markets.
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