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NJDOI enters farmland, backing Homestead with $100m

A memo from acting director Corey Amon highlighted Homestead’s ESG policy and the downside protection offered by “lease structures that transfer the burden of productive yield and crop prices to the farm operator.”

Investors in Australian water and cotton ‘not at risk’ following Murray-Darling Basin report

Cotton Australia condemns a ‘dangerous political stunt’ from a South Australia senator proposing a banning on cotton exports.

Equilibrium acquires greenhouses with plans to expand

The firm plans double the size of Houweling’s Group’s 30-acre Utah greenhouse, as expansion capital becomes increasingly important for the indoor ag market.

IFC acquires Washington apple companies amid active market

Washington agronomist Stu Turner tells Agri Investor that a large apple crop in 2017 has helped financial investors play an increasingly active role in the state’s farmland market.

TRS Louisiana creates $100m AgIS separate account

AgIS founder and president Jeff Conrad told a conference audience last month that US pensions are increasingly viewing farmland as a permanent fixture of their asset mix.

Alaska Retirement boosts permanent crop target, opens to direct

ARMB real assets investment manager Nicholas Orr stresses row crops’ limited return potential in calling for changes to the pension’s $852m farmland portfolio.

Iowa PE firm closes second fund on $113m

Midwest Growth Partners founding partner tells Agri Investor the fund will target midstream and consumer-facing opportunities overlooked by larger investors.

Investor lines blur in LatAm’s young agtech markets

Latin America deal activity is 'remarkably healthy,' authors of a Finistere Ventures report tell Agri Investor.

Ag tech start-up SeeTree secures $15m funding

The firm will focus on developing artificial intelligence and drone technology to monitor citrus tree orchards health and productivity in California and Brazil.

ADM Capital Europe raises $452m for Cibus Fund, co-investments

The manager has closed the vehicle on $322m, garnering an additional $130m for co-investments.

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