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Pensions turn to operating strategies as endowments get hungry for land

Wary of a disconnect between land prices and income, institutional investors are 'hesitant' to go into traditional farmland, Hamilton Lane's Brent Burnett tells Agri Investor.

Better value in less developed markets, Nuveen says

Tree-nut and fish processing, Australian farmland and Uruguayan timber offer good opportunities amid rising institutional demand for agri, according to the firm's head of natural resources.

Crop protection attracts big dollar amid PE push earlier in the start-up lifecycle

Private equity firms could soon emerge as competitors to IPOs and established players in their search for agtech targets, according to Cultivian Sandbox managing director Ron Meeuson.

Storms cost more as US agri grows in value

Billion-dollar disasters have struck 64 times since 2005, but sophisticated analytical tools mean producers are better prepared, Farmer Mac research director Jackson Takach tells Agri Investor.

Ag veteran plans open-ended fund at Insight

Former Aquila Capital managing partner Detlef Schoen tells Agri Investor that his new role as head of real assets for Insight Investment will focus on the creation of an open-ended, diversified agriculture vehicle.

Red tape bogs down EU agricultural support

A simpler planning process and a greater focus on results are needed if EU rural development spending is to become more efficient and targeted, the European Court of Auditors says.

Ecotierra launches $50m sustainability fund, eyes Q1 2018 close

The agroforestry developer has partnered Quebec’s Fondaction and France's Mirova to target projects aimed at mitigating deforestation and land degradation in Latin America.

India’s ag potential: overhyped?

A revision to global cropland estimates and Cargill’s announcement of expansion plans suggest the country will be a growing focus, but Proterra's Deepak Malik says investors' hopes should remain grounded.

Canadian government, UBC tackle gas emissions

The government’s C$1.8m investment with the University of British Columbia is one of 20 new research projects supported by the Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program aimed at emissions mitigation in the ag sector.

La Niña, freight rates threaten food price stability

Weather events and foreign exchange fluctuations could lead to pricing volatility for global commodities in 2018, Rabobank warns.