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Produce marketplace start-up secures $8m in Series A funding

Full Harvest, a platform that brings together agri markets for excess produce has attracted investment from Cultivian Sandbox Ventures and Spark Capital.

Planfarm relaunches $250m agri fund amid ‘very strong’ season for WA wheat belt

Western Australian Farm Investment Fund is targeting 13.5% IRR but has received little interest from domestic superannuation funds.

Why US wildfires could shape the timberland market

The devastation inflicted on the West Coast raises complex questions about the impact of harvesting restrictions and the ‘Roadless Rule’ in federally managed forests.

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.

Management buyout of ADM Capital private equity arm – exclusive

A 16-strong team will continue raising CEECAT Recovery Fund II after completing a management buyout.

Australian ag lobbies join forces to boost farm gate value to $74bn

Agribusiness Australia’s CEO tells us the opportunity to invest in the country’s agriculture is ‘still strong’ as the group teams up with the National Farmers’ Federation to drive growth.

Oaktree, a pioneer of the cold-storage asset class?

PE-backed Agro Merchants has bought a Philadelphia transport business amid a flurry of acquisitions driven by growing investor confidence in the sector.

Rare valuation dip raises questions for US timberland

Insiders say a depreciation of nearly 1% for Southern assets could reflect methodological quirks or appraisers' lower expectations on timber prices.

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.

Private equity prepares to follow organic farmers into the mainstream

Accelerating changes in farming techniques will create a wider market for biological inputs, says Pam Marrone, chief executive of Ospraie portfolio company MBI.

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