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Expert Commentary

  • Expert Commentary: A Decade in the Farmland Asset Class Evolution

    By Jeff Conrad, Managing Principal and President, AgIS Capital LLC Institutional investment in farmland grew significantly over the last decade. This growth started in the more developed U.S. market and spread to emerging markets around the world. During this time, the NCREIF Farmland Index, a recognized property index for U.S. farmland, ex

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  • 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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  • Expert Commentary: Early-Stage Funding Gap in Agtech and How to Close It

    by Brett Morris, Principal for TechAccel   Early in 2017 I was approached by several CEOs seeking additional funding for their startup. This is nothing out of the ordinary for venture professionals as we see hundreds of deals come across our desk annually. These conversations, however, were different from the previous year. Most of the ent

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  • 15 Minutes With… Deborah Perkins, Global Head of Food & Agribusiness at ING

    ING, a global financial institution with more than 52,000 employees and banking services for customers in over 40 countries, today announced the appointment of Deborah Perkins as global head of its new Food & Agribusiness division. Perkins, who will be based in Amsterdam, has been charged with leading the growth and further development

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  • Expert Commentary: The Fallout of Rescinding the Obama Admin Marijuana Guidelines

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded guidelines put in place by the Obama Administration that removed marijuana from the list of federal-level drug enforcement priorities. Moving forward, Sessions has expressed that it will now be up to the discretion of each U.S. attorney to decide to what extent issues surrounding marijuana will be l

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  • After Divesting SAF Portfolio, AgCAP’s Focus for 2018 – Dairy

    In March 2017 AgCAP, the fund manager of Australia’s Sustainable Agriculture Fund (SAF), decided to divest the portfolio when after seven years as cornerstone investors – a collection of Australian superannuation funds including AustralianSuper – made the decision to exit the fund. The collective move placed AgCAP in the position of l

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  • Contributed Content: Green bonds: A new financing tool to foster a more sustainable agriculture

    By Roberto Vitón, Managing Director – Valoral Advisors The global food and agriculture sector starts the new year on a high note as investors look to deploy more capital into the many themes available in the sector. Today, there are over 440 investment funds specialized in this sector, with assets under management over US$73 billion acro

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  • 15 Minutes with… TechAccel Co-Founder, President, & CEO Dr. Michael Helmstetter

    by Michelle Pelletier Marshall, GAI Media TechAccel, based in Overland Park, Kansas, is a venture and technology development organization focused on agriculture and animal health. It identifies and invests in new technologies and funds science advancement initiatives with leading research universities to drive the innovations to market. Te

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  • Contributed Content: Time for Global Ag Investing 2.0? #ISH

    By David Gray,  Senior Advisor to Altima Partners History offers perspective. Looking back ten years, soybeans were trading over $10.39 per bushel, wheat was nearing $8 and corn was nearing $4. That particular bull run would end about seven months later, with soy having touched $16, wheat reaching $10.35, and corn at over $7.30. Drivers w

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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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