AGR part of $75m investment in California wine company

Vintage Wine Estates chief executive expects partnership with AGR will mean greater access to grapes owned by Westchester.

Exclusive: Westchester makes 50,000-acre Mississippi land purchase

The TIAA affiliate has bought a portfolio from Gaylon Lawrence Jr, a Nashville-based investor with holdings that include regional banks, an air conditioning company and farmland assets estimated at 180,000 acres, sources told Agri Investor.

Exclusive: Investor appetite for Mississippi River Delta drives $5m to LandFund fourth fund

Founder John Farris tells Agri Investor the vehicle, which targets $30m, will offer annual returns of about 11% through a value-add strategy that could include organic conversions.

TIAA-CREF Global Agriculture II raises further $13.4m

TIAA-CREF's second agriculture vehicle has raised over $1.7bn to date, reaching nearly 70% of its target.

New Mexico SIC commits $200m to TIAA-CREF II – exclusive

The State Investment Council voted on TIAA-CREF Global Agriculture II on Tuesday, as the council's director of real return said at least a further $600m in commitments to the fund are expected.

Funds hit back at Saskatchewan farmland ownership complaints

The province's government is reviewing its farmland ownership rules amid complaints from farmers and politicians about increasing farmland values.
Louisa Burwood-Taylor, Editor, Agri Investor

Best of 2014: (In)direct opportunities

In the wake of a wave of direct investments in the sector, a September editor's letter focused on the opportunity for ambidextrous firms to offer a range of services aside from raising and investing third party funds.

Best of 2014: US farmland values not in a bubble, says TIAA-CREF

In June Agri Investor attended Equilibrium Capital's annual forum in California and heard a variety of speakers including TIAA-CREF's John Goodreds who spoke about misplaced fears of a land price bubble in the US. Read his comments below.

AP2 to audit Brazil farmland assets

The second Swedish pension fund is to audit its Brazilian farmland assets – part of its commitment to TIAA-CREF Global Agriculture LLP – to ensure they adhere to sustainability and corporate governance principles.
Louisa Burwood-Taylor, Editor, Agri Investor

CEE’s popularity problem

A vote of confidence from large institutional investors such as TIAA-CREF and APG is good for the region’s reputation. But it could also highlight the local industry's structural weaknesses.

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