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Trend 2018: Maturing into the mainstream

Agri’s potential for non-correlated cash generation and a push into sustainable investment mean the asset class could pass a tipping point next year, according to Insight’s Detlef Schoen.

Trend 2018: Shrinking land yields but opportunity in inputs

The US ag market should reach a bottom next year provided the central bank-driven bubble doesn’t burst into a hard landing, according to MacroGain’s Jim Budzynski.

Trend 2018: Lower profitability, but continued diversification

Amid an improving but more volatile economic outlook, valuations are rising in high-value markets. Next year will likely prove that agri is capable of both resilience and innovation, says Valoral’s Roberto Vitón.

Trend 2018: Blockchain and climate-smart agri

The IFC’s Thomas Bauer thinks ‘bigger and better’ data mean farmers will become more willing to adopt digital technologies.

Trend 2018: Blended finance and biomass ‘to buoy timber markets’

While rising US interest rates will put a cap on timber prices, a stronger link between forestry and energy markets will help bring stability, say David Brand and MaryKate Bullen of New Forests.

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