Ag Trends and Outlook

  • Shipping Containers to Revolutionize Fresh Food Production

    Australian ag-tech startup Sprout Stack is preparing to open its second round of capital in a bid to raise further funding prior to commercializing its automated fresh food production units in early 2017. Designed to revolutionize the way in which fresh produce is grown and distributed, the Sprout Stack unit is a standard intermodal shipping c

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  • China Ag Readies Reform Amid $450B Commitment

    China’s agriculture industry is on the cusp of a sea change, evidenced by a recent multi-billion dollar commitment to the region’s rural farmland.  The Agriculture Development Bank of China and the country’s Ministry of Agriculture have earmarked $450 billion (3 trillion yuan) for local agriculture, which will be allocated via loans,

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  • Oman Sees Continued Investments in Large Scale Ag, Aquaculture Projects

    Oman has been increasingly on the radar for agriculture, food, and aquaculture project development. Most recently, a large scale off-shore aquaculture project off the north Al Batinah coast known as “Sahwa” is being undertaken with the goal of eventually meeting 25 percent of the country’s national production target. Located 15 kilome

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  • What Today’s Farmland Prices Mean for Investors [+PODCAST]

    In the past months, farmland prices have continued to creep downward, leaving behind the record prices of the past few years. The August 8th Land Values Report from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service shows farmland values dropped 0.3 percent nationwide in the past year. However, changes in farmland values vary from region to reg

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  • Richardson Invests $120M to Expand Alberta Canola Plant

    Canadian agribusiness, Richardson International, announced it is investing $120 million to modernize and significantly increase the capacity at its canola crushing plant in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. The project is aiming to increase the facility’s daily crushing capacity by 2,000 tons, bringing the current annual capacity of 450,000 t

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  • Brazil Poised to Become “Aquaculture Superpower” – Rabobank

    When thinking of Brazilian agriculture, most people would probably first think of grain or beef production but aquaculture may one day be added to this list, according to Rabobank. Competing with the U.S. to be the world’s top meat producer and exporter, Brazil is expected to produce 33.7 million tons of meat in 2025/26, indicating a7.8 m

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  • Brief: Newly Acquired NAPCo Appoints New CEO

    The North Australian Pastoral Company (NAPCo) announced it has named Stephen Thompson as its new chief executive officer effective September 12. Thompson will succeed Nigel Alexander who has served as CEO for the company for the past 20 years. The announcement comes only months after Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC), the $78.5 billio

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  • Slashed AU Milk Prices Force Dairy Farmers to Reduce Production

    Australian farmgate milk prices have dropped to an unprecedented low in wake of the global oversupply, forcing many dairy farmers to reduce production levels and reassess their business plans. Leading Australian milk processor Murray Goulburn has reduced its price for the next season by more than 10 percent to A$4.31 a kilogram for milk sol

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  • Agtech: A Farmland Investor Perspective [+PODCAST]

    From expanding coverage in mainstream media to the growing number of innovators creating solutions designed to address agricultural and food challenges, the increasing momentum behind agtech is undeniable. Global AgInvesting’s deal activity data indicates that the number of capital deals involving agtech companies and the number of agtech in

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  • Arbor Investments Raises $890M, Closes Two Funds

    Arbor Investments, a specialty private equity firm that focuses on backing companies in the food and beverage sectors and their related industries, announced it has closed its fourth fund, Arbor Investments IV LP at $765 million, and has closed its inaugural captive subordinated debt fund, Arbor Debt Opportunities Fund I LP (DOF) at $125 milli

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