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Soaring commodity prices and rising land values ‘boosting Australian forestry’

We catch up with New Forests chief executive David Brand as the firm starts to deploy its A$873m third fund dedicated to the region.

Paine Schwartz backs animal nutrition with Fund IV investment

MS Biotech has commercialized a product that helps cattle and dairy farmers reduce labor and forage costs by accelerating the transition to high-concentrate diets.

SCERS commits $40m to Paine Schwartz amid real assets push

The investment comes as the $9bn Sacramento pension earmarks up to 30% of an increased real assets portfolio for ag and timber by 2020.

Tariff retaliation relief package to provide $7m benefit to organics

Mercaris senior economist Ryan Koory and founder Kelle James tell Agri Investor how the support comes as US organic producers navigate changes in import and investment patterns.

Timber investment central to NZ Super Fund’s strong returns

New Zealand’s sovereign wealth fund has namechecked its 42% stake in Kaingaroa Timberlands as a strong performer in FY18.

Oaktree to invest $36m in Blue Sky through convertible loan note

The embattled Australian fund manager will use the capital for co-investments and leverage Oaktree's reputation with prospective LPs.

WSIB ups farmland exposure with $250m commitment

The $129bn pension, which has backed Agriculture Capital and Homestead Capital among others in the past, is providing one-sixth of the dry powder sought by IFC's $1.5bn buy-and-lease vehicle.

Capital gains propel Australia’s permanent ag to the top of the crop

The latest NCREIF Australian Farmland Index, which splits annual and permanent cropland for the first time, shows ag returns Down Under continuing to outperform the US.

Gladstone buys pair of California cherry orchards

The NASDAQ-listed farmland REIT says it hopes the $7m deal will be the first of many in a region well-suited to benefit from growing demand for healthy produce.

Paine Schwartz hires former Monsanto strategy exec

Steve Bierschenk’s nearly 20 years at the St Louis-headquartered agrochemical giant culminated in a five-year stint as vice-president of global strategy.

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