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A new research project in Australia aims to quantify the benefits of investing in natural capital, with hopes that it can shape farming practices for generations to come.
The sale will achieve a net IRR of more than 15% for investors in Black River Agriculture Fund, and other co-investors.
The real estate investment trust has completed several permanent crop farmland acquisition deals in the second half of the year.
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The sale comes amid a period of numerous deals and high Australian land prices, which Rabobank has forecasted will continue to rise.
Investors with an increasingly defensive mindset are looking to farmland and timberland as safe homes for capital, a report from Raffles and Campden Wealth found.
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The Sydney-headquartered fund manager has secured commitments from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the SDG Kempen Farmland Fund for its Transforming Farming Platform.
President Geoff Lewis says AcrePro will aim to modernize land markets that have largely failed to keep up with marketing and technology tools used in other real estate sub-sectors.
Changing crop focus, strengthening certification processes and potential competition from indoor ag are all helping render organic market projections from as recently as a year ago outdated.
Hancock Natural Resource Group has rebranded as Manulife Investment Management Timberland and Agriculture and is to be led by former Credit Suisse real estate exec Christoph Schumacher.
Rural Funds Group purchased The Pocket, which alongside another central Queensland acquisition, adds more than 20,000ML of water entitlements to its portfolio.

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