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Louisa Burwood-Taylor, Editor, Agri Investor
From real assets funds of funds to vertically integrated agribusiness offerings – fund managers are responding to investors' diversification needs.
The first in a series of articles about regenerative agriculture as an agri investment strategy, this piece aims to introduce some of the concepts behind the movement.
Gaining investment exposure to UK farmland is near impossible. But issuing loans to UK farmers provides access and enables investors to do some good, argues Robert Bourn, partner at Agri Partners.
The bodies’ joint annual agricultural report, the Agricultural Outlook, predicts that agriculture prices will continue to fall from recent peaks and will stabilise at pre-2008 levels on the back of increased production globally.
Newly launched Agri Partners is offering debt exposure to UK farmland through private funding syndicates. It has completed its first two deals.
The UK-based estate agent is expanding its international farmland advisory and surveying business by recruiting two new members of staff to the International Farmland team.
Strong demand and less leverage means there is no bubble in North American farmland values, according to John Goodreds, senior director, natural resources.
New figures show that American farmland is expected to perform better than equities and bonds over the next 10 years and it is hoped Australia will follow suit.
US crop land values slowed in growth between 2012 and 2013, increasing nearly 13 percent over the course of the year.
Agricultural businesses hoping to attract institution investment and improve their production need to look beyond traditional valuation methods, argues David Krause.

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