Ag Trends and Outlook

  • Expert Commentary: Emerging From Crisis, Reflections on Brazilian Markets

    Brazil has proven to truly be a global agricultural powerhouse; emerging as one of the world’s leading agricultural producers and sought-after trading partners. However, recent years of political uncertainty and financial instability have negatively affected the country’s ag sector both domestically and in international markets. But as

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  • Ten Pivotal Agtech Advances

    From the AgTech Week issue of GAI Gazette, read about the critical advancements that brought about modern agriculture - including the plow, drip irrigation, biotechnology and everything in between. [embeddoc url="http://www.globalaginvesting.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/gazette_v4i2_10_advancements_12June17-1.pdf" download="all"]

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  • Exclusive: Spotlight on AgIS and Reflections of an Asset Class Pioneer – Jeff Conrad

    It was recently reported that the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) has engaged Boston-based private equity firm AgIS to manage a $150 million farmland separate account. The entire account will be invested in U.S. farmland assets, and AgIS is being given full autonomous control of the management of the capital. This action marks the first

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  • Agtech Valuations – a new paradigm?

     by Arama Kukutai, Managing Director at Finistere Ventures, LLC Activity in the Agtech sector has skyrocketed over the last five years—marking its arrival as an important piece of the venture capital ecosystem. And as with any important milestone, understanding how we got to where we are today and the trends shaping where we are he

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  • Ukraine Turns to Internet to Boost Agribusiness

    With the help of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Ukrainian Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry will be launching a web portal to connect players all along the ag value chain in that country. “Such a platform will allow representatives of Ukrainian business and exporters of agrarian products to receive free profe

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  • Rabobank Releases Report on Sugar Consumption Trends

    Rabobank has released a report chronicling changing global attitudes towards sugar. The report, Sweetness and Lite: How Vulnerable is Global Sugar Consumption to Food & Beverage Trends? is available online. The report finds attitudes towards sugar are changing globally. As the concerns of consumers and governments have gained momentum,

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  • Public-Private Partnership Looks to Grow Ag Processing Sector in Kentucky

    The Department of Agriculture in the U.S. state of Kentucky is engaging with public and private partners to grow its processor, manufacturer, and other agribusinesses sector. Agriculture is a US$46B business in Kentucky, with 154 food manufacturers, 50 nonalcoholic beverage manufacturers, and 34 distilleries all contributing. “Extremely

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  • Monsanto Growth Ventures, Otter Capital lead $24M Series C for NewLeaf

    Agricultural biologicals company NewLeaf Symbiotics announced it has successfully closed a $24 million Series C co-led by Monsanto Growth Ventures (MGV) and Otter Capital, and also including Lewis & Clark Ventures, Rockport Capital, Pangaea Ventures, and Open Prairie Ventures among others.   Since its launch in 2013 through the

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  • Agriculture as an Asset Class

    by Michael DeSa Founder/CEO, AGD Consulting Agriculture is one of the oldest asset classes in the world, time tested and proven to weather economic uncertainty. Within agriculture, farmland has historically proven itself as a tangible, stable storage of wealth, appreciating approximately 3.5 percent annually over the last 30 years.  

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  • Takeaways From GAI AgTech Week 2017 – Labor Pains

    Often when discussing agricultural production and agtech innovation, the conversation focuses on the challenges associated with factors such as crop yields, inputs, and climate change - all valid and important considerations. These topics of study and development are also largely quantifiable (which is a very good thing) however, labor issues

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