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PSP Investments: Hawaii cropping plan reflects ag strategy’s growth

Head of natural resources Marc Drouin tells Agri Investor his unit would have been unlikely to take on such a complex agricultural investment three years ago.

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.

Timber vets launch advisory amidst challenged market

Principals John Enlow and Eric Schwefler tell Agri Investor that Forest Resource Advisors will help institutions in a timber market characterized by compressing returns, changed LP expectations and the introduction of new fund structures.

Ralco spin-out shrimp project raises $25m in US Midwest

Executives from The tru Shrimp Company tell Agri Investor their network of Midwest farmers and former ethanol investors will allow the Minnesota-headquartered business to leverage the region’s grain endowment, investor base and hunger for development.

CalSTRS: ‘Co-investments should be increased’

The pension is planning a much larger co-investment program as part of its 'Collaborative Model' approach to private equity, reports Agri Investor sister publication Private Equity International.

Agri Investor Forum: Ag funds navigating shifts in LP sentiment

While the opening panel at our 2018 Forum in Chicago acknowledged such near-term headwinds facing managers as increased competition for fixed income, there was optimism for long-term growth.

Five takeaways from CalPERS’ investment committee meeting

The $362bn pension plan laid out its plans for its direct investment program and named an interim CIO, reports Agri Investor sister publication Private Equity International.

SFP moves away from fund structure for Iowa farm deal

Founder and chief executive Harn Soper tells Agri Investor how feedback from LPs helped guide the firm’s journey from smaller to larger fund targets and back again, before moving away from the structure entirely.

Australian and Chinese PE firms partner to launch new investment platform

Agriculture is one of several asset classes under consideration for the Australia China Family Office Alliance which has launched with A$50m of seed capital.

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