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The UK’s ‘livestock eBay’ aims to disrupt ag trade by going into genetics

Hectare Agritech chief executive Doug Bairner says the company’s online marketplace is now used by 25% of UK farms and will launch in at least one European country next year.

Exclusive: SLM closes debut deal from Irish timber fund and secures five more

The manager, which hit a first close on the €50m vehicle in March, will have deployed 10% of capital gathered once the transactions complete.

Exclusive: Stafford hires ex-headhunter as ag chief in asset class push

An alumnus from Macquarie’s Pastoral Fund has also joined the secondaries specialist just a year after the firm made its first investment in agriculture.

The right guy in Uruguay

Ag investors talk up Latin America’s potential, but the diablo is in the details. Here’s a strategy that seems to nail the main bits.

Italian ag fund backs chestnut leader in bid to build transformed-fruit platform

FAI has already deployed 60% of capital raised at first close as it progresses towards its €50m fundraising target.

When agriculture becomes infrastructure (and vice-versa)

Antin, a prominent infrastructure manager, has just acquired a live salmon transportation business. In what bucket should we put this asset?

Time for timberland managers to log out?

As the asset class grows ever more defensive, large investors seek to safeguard returns by squeezing out costs. But GPs still have good cards to play.

ATP branches out to drive performance

The $122bn Danish pension’s ‘infrastructure’ portfolio has more than doubled returns year-on-year. Here we zoom in on the timberland holdings that have helped push this growth.

Is Unigrains’ strategic-financial model a threat to PE?

Founded by France’s grain growers to promote their sub-sector, the firm remains something of a unique beast – for now.

Investors unfazed by transatlantic row over gene-editing

More emerging markets are likely to follow the US’s intent to ‘re-double’ efforts to develop the technology than Europe’s stringent regulatory stance unveiled last week, says Pontifax’s Ben Belldegrun.

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