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Hancock expects to re-open timber and farmland fund in 2019

The $706m Hancock Timberland and Farmland Fund has backed a number of acquisitions, say portfolio managers.

Hamilton Lane: Alpha search drives ag/infra convergence

Managing director Brent Burnett says branching out into 'farm-to-market' infrastructure has proved attractive for managers of both agriculture and infrastructure-focused funds.

Farmer Mac’s president highlights energy-ag convergence

After taking the helm at the NYSE-traded secondary marketplace for agricultural loans in October, Brad Nordholm tells Agri Investor it is getting harder to make generalizations about its agricultural borrowers.

NJDOI enters farmland, backing Homestead with $100m

A memo from acting director Corey Amon highlighted Homestead’s ESG policy and the downside protection offered by “lease structures that transfer the burden of productive yield and crop prices to the farm operator.”

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.

Gunn Agri Partners to use climate data to target properties for A$350m cropland fund

The Sydney-based manager is leaning on climate-change research to pick properties and is ‘confident’ returns will beat more passive strategies.

Blue Sky loses key personnel from water team – exclusive

Investment directors Michael Blakeney and Nick Waters are leaving in a development that MD Kim Morison described as ‘disappointing.’

Kilter Rural sells 50% stake to Regal Funds Management and launches A$250m farmland fund

Regal will also help raise funds for the Kilter Water Fund, while two of its directors will join Kilter’s board.

PSP joint venture buys 41,000-acre Hawaii property

A market source tells Agri Investor the creation of the diversified Mahi Pono joint venture reflects the C$159bn pension’s strategy to develop between 20 and 25 platforms across agricultural regions and sub-sectors.

Gladstone acquires California almond orchard for $8m

The purchase of the 761-acre property comes as USDA predicts record production of the nut.

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