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Rabobank sells non-ag US banking unit for $2.1bn

The sale to Mechanics Bank underlines the Dutch lender’s redoubled focus on agriculture following a $369m Department of Justice settlement last year, says North American rural banking head Curt Hudnutt.

Rabo Ventures Fund eyes expansion after €80m infusion

Managing partner Harrie Vollaard says rather than establish offices in innovation hubs, Rabobank will partner with funds already active in seed and Series A stage companies in key fintech and agtech markets.

Peoples Company adds Michigan appraisal firm to growing network

The deal will give Value Midwest clients access to Peoples Company’s brokerage, land management and investment services.

Farmer Mac’s president highlights energy-ag convergence

After taking the helm at the NYSE-traded secondary marketplace for agricultural loans in October, Brad Nordholm tells Agri Investor it is getting harder to make generalizations about its agricultural borrowers.

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.

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