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‘Robust’ timber performance lifts Montana fortunes

Positive cash flows have helped assuage outflows generated by the energy portfolio as Chinese demand boosts forestry.

PSP natural resources chief becomes CEO after boosting ag imprint

Under Neil Cunningham's tenure, timber and agri have grown to represent nearly 90% of the Canadian pension's $3bn natural resources portfolio.

Core forestry target still elusive for CalPERS

The $350m pension, which revamped its real assets policy last year, declined a timberland investment proposal in December.

Amid review, LACERA to consider ag, timber

The $56bn pension will likely put any future commitments to farmland or timber funds in a real assets bucket after a comprehensive strategic review later this year.

University endowments offer key support to agtech

Fall Line Capital co-founder Eric O’Brien tells Agri Investor how university endowments became the main investors in the firm’s second vehicle, an evergreen fund that closed on $200m in 2016.

Institutional appetite for agri at ‘inflection point’

Park Madison Partners, a specialist in raising real estate capital, describes farmland as the 'least penetrated and underdeveloped' property sector, with potential productivity gains and attractive yield.

LPs warm to fundless co-investments

One-third of limited partners are willing to pay for deals where they are not an existing fund investor, according to a survey by Asante Capital Group.

EBRD approves $150m loan for Olam

The development bank’s cash infusion will help the Singaporean agribusiness trader invest in its existing operations in Egypt, Georgia, Poland, Turkey and Ukraine.

REIT capital ‘reduces agri volatility’

Speaking in the wake of Gladstone's purchase of a $6m almond orchard, MetLife agri finance boss Barry Bogseth said such cash injections could help mitigate adverse demographic trends in the countryside.

Can agri be defensive?

Agriculture has done well in the benign post-crisis environment created by central banks. But is it equipped to survive shocks?

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