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Farm, Australia, Cotton Combine
Annual farmland continues to outperform permanent farmland in the ANREV Australian Farmland Index, driven by high commodity prices and bumper yields.
Farm, cotswold, England
Bare agricultural land prices in England and Wales rose from £6,912 per acre in Q4 2020 to £7,580 in Q4 2021 – the highest average price since 2016.
Food technology proved vital during the pandemic but fundraising and deal activity in this space continues to rage on in what will surely be a record year.
The vehicle aims to raise A$500m in its first 12 months, providing loans of A$10m-$150m to counterparties across a variety of commodities.
Grain farm, wheat harvest
Agriculture showed ‘remarkable resilience’ as an asset class over 2020 as returns held relatively steady throughout the year.
Foreign ownership of water entitlements continued to steadily increase in 2020, with Canada leaping to the top of the list of foreign investors by volume held.
Founder Sara Menker says the climate risk analysis platform’s $85m Series B comes at a time when ‘economies are getting creative’ as they seek to fall in line with expected new rules.
Robot on smart farming concept
Despite a small drop in overall venture capital investment into agriculture and food technology startups, market segments such as alternative protein and regions such as Europe and LatAm registered strong fundraising performance.
Drought in Australia
Rabobank found that 41% of farmers thought agricultural conditions would worsen in the coming 12 months, after ABARES revised down its winter crop forecast for 2019-20 by 13%.
Farm income returns dropped to their lowest level in four years as dry conditions persist in eastern and northern Australia, but annualized returns remain steady year-on-year.
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