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Rise in farm real estate delinquencies ‘could signal future sales’

Kansas City Fed agriculture economist Cortney Cowley explains to Agri Investor how its most recent Ag Finance Databook demonstrates challenges the US faces due to a surging national economy.

Will Oaktree’s investment be enough to save Blue Sky?

The US firm has agreed to invest A$50m in the embattled Australian manager through a convertible loan note. Blue Sky says this is a positive move for the business – but investors probably need more convincing.

Open Prairie seals first deal from rural vehicle amid fundraising

While trade-related uncertainty makes investors cautious, Open Prairie is on the lookout for resulting distressed opportunities, founder Jim Schultz tells Agri Investor.

Specialty lender backs Paraguay agribusiness with $8m loan

Latitude 20 Capital Partners’ Eimaad Ahmed says political and infrastructure conditions in Paraguay have allowed it to take greater advantage of the US-China trade war than its Latin American peers.

Iowa farmland: less leveraged, but still off-limits to corporates

The proportion of farmland held debt-free has jumped in recent years, but financial investors will likely be frustrated by a lack of political will to change restrictive laws.

Pinnacle raises $25m for cattle vehicle

Following its $200m acquisition of JBS USA’s feedlots in January alongside Ospraie, the New York-based firm has raised additional capital for cattle investments from a single investor.

African Development Bank backs PE fund with $15m commitment

The investment in Zebu Investment Partners’ Africa Food Security Fund comes soon after publication of a UN report highlighting agriculture as a key sector in efforts to manage migration flows on the continent.

California poultry business secures $40m in private credit

Great Rock Capital and GemCap Solutions have extended loans to Zacky & Sons, a Fresno-headquartered poultry provider. The former's chief executive tells Agri Investor why he likes the ag sector while other lenders don't.

responsAbility ag-debt fund secures anchor investment

The development-focused asset manager has clinched a pledge from Kempen Capital for its new fund, which targets up to $300m over the next three years to support ag lending in the developing world.

Molpus names new timberland VP

Ashley Harris is joining the US timber manager as it raises its fifth fund with a target of $500m.

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