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The recent rally in farmland values has prompted longtime participants and observers to consider important ways the markets have changed and are likely to continue evolving.
Blockchain, agtech
The investment in Geora takes Tenacious Ventures Fund I to 60% deployment, although the firm has made no decisions on a successor fund yet.
President Geoff Lewis says AcrePro will aim to modernize land markets that have largely failed to keep up with marketing and technology tools used in other real estate sub-sectors.
Two consecutive years of declining food security along with covid-19’s challenges are creating public-private partnership opportunities across the world.
Co-Founder Trent Yang says agriculture could account for about 30 percent of the firm’s sustainability strategy, which seeks mid-teens returns.
Despite some negative publicity associated with beef’s GHG emissions, the sector received a $500m USDA package to increase processing capacity while Rabobank’s Justin Sherrard says, ‘beef is where the answer lies.’
Cows grazing, farm
Protein strategist Justin Sherrard expects net-zero commitments by food retail, food service and beef processors will spur investor interest in reducing beef’s 6% contribution to global emissions.
The C$119bn pension formally added agriculture in 2019 to a historically timber focused portfolio, which was rebranded as 'renewable resources.'
Tomato Greenhouse, controlled environment ag, CEA
Chairman Dave Chen says developments in controlled environment ag since Fund I’s $336m close in 2019 helped attract large Canadian and European pensions to its successor.
Partner Ben Kortlang says Los Angeles-headquartered ProducePay aims to provide fresh produce the same information sharing and intermediary functions that have transformed transportation and used car markets.
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