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Ex-Hancock exec ‘boomerangs’ back to Scythe & Spade

Brett MacNeil returns to the manager he founded as he yearns for agility and focus after a stint at a large firm.

Why are US LPs so domestic?

Various indicators suggest institutional interest in agri is on the rise. Yet, so far, the appetite of the asset class’s largest investors does not extend much beyond their borders.

Better value in less developed markets, Nuveen says

Tree-nut and fish processing, Australian farmland and Uruguayan timber offer good opportunities amid rising institutional demand for agri, according to the firm's head of natural resources.

Oaktree-backed AGRO Merchants buys Grocontinental

The US company's deal for the UK-based cold storage provider is its third European acquisition this year.

Producers expect land value stabilization

Hertz Real Estate Services president Douglas Hensley tells Agri Investor that a strong harvest and recent farmland market resilience have helped buoy sentiment among producers, echoing the findings of the latest Ag Economy Barometer from Purdue University and CME Group.

PE-backed Hydrofarm expands north of the border

Six months after receiving equity investments led by Serruya Private Equity, the California-based hydroponics wholesaler has acquired two Canadian companies.

Boom in global protein production ‘to pressure margins’

Trade expansion could provide further impetus for consolidation, with Asian demand feeding through exports growth in Brazil and the US, research suggests.

Ontario supports Chinese dairy group’s C$225m baby formula plant

The investment will allow the country to sell more products derived from raw milk, the exports of which are capped by the WTO.

Storms cost more as US agri grows in value

Billion-dollar disasters have struck 64 times since 2005, but sophisticated analytical tools mean producers are better prepared, Farmer Mac research director Jackson Takach tells Agri Investor.

Ecotierra launches $50m sustainability fund, eyes Q1 2018 close

The agroforestry developer has partnered Quebec’s Fondaction and France's Mirova to target projects aimed at mitigating deforestation and land degradation in Latin America.