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Harvard Management Company sells Uruguay timber in $330m deal

Local advisor Wilfred Moran says the deal’s size makes it an anomaly in a timber market dominated by transactions of $20m-$25m.

Timber and agribusiness pushes MetLife ag lending to record 2018

Lowered feed costs have helped create the highest level of investor interest in livestock in a decade, says head of agricultural finance group Barry Bogseth.

Gresham House hires Olly Hughes to manage forestry division

With UK timber prices up 30% and forest land values rising, the manager will continue investing in Britain and plans to expand in Ireland in 2019.

New Forests’ third Australia-New Zealand fund hits 50% deployment with NZ forestry purchase

The firm acquired Hikurangi Forest Farms for an undisclosed sum, describing it as a ‘cornerstone asset’ for the fund.

Idaho Land Board picks up 32k-acre Molpus timber portfolio for $42m

Deputy director David Groeschl says the Land Board has $109m remaining for in-state ag and timber purchases.

Timber vets launch advisory amidst challenged market

Principals John Enlow and Eric Schwefler tell Agri Investor that Forest Resource Advisors will help institutions in a timber market characterized by compressing returns, changed LP expectations and the introduction of new fund structures.

Finnish UPM sells over 21,000ha of timberland to United Banker

The sale is part of a long-term partnership between one of Finland’s biggest forest owners and the investment group, as the country sees increased demand for wood-based products.

Lyme Timber closes fifth fund on $300m

CEO Jim Hourdequin tells Agri Investor the vehicle is pursuing a mixture of conservation timberland assets and investments in the broader timber supply chain.

NCREIF index shows earnings driving growth in US timber markets

While the sector improved in Q3, Forest Research Group economist Jack Lutz tells Agri Investor the next quarterly report will provide a clearer picture of the market’s response to the US-China trade dispute.

Exclusive: NZ Super Fund considering first investments in US agriculture

New Zealand’s sovereign wealth fund is aiming to increase its ag weighting to 3% of its assets and is increasingly looking offshore to achieve this, following its first move into Australia in 2017.

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