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“You can’t grow some kind of a niche crop on 700,000 acres.”

A TerViva chief executive Naveen Sikka says pongamia is attracting the attention of investors who are hoping to find crops well-suited to Florida farmland previously planted in citrus.

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Westchester hires ex-BlackRock exec as portfolio manager

Skye Macpherson left the New York headquartered asset manager earlier this year and will focus on the Nuveen subsidiary’s proprietary research and analytics, developing new investment products and expanding its ESG investment process.

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Indigo Marketplace attracts $12bn in specialty grain supply

Indigo Ag has raised a total of $650m in private equity financing, with its most recent round valuing the company at $3.5bn.

Australian start-up reveals AI-powered farm valuation platform

Agtech start-up Digital Agriculture Services recently secured funding from CSIRO and has seen strong interest from investors in using its web-based platform.

Aqua backs Brazil biologicals company with $30m

Managing partner Sebastian Popik tells Agri Investor that intense competition in Brazil’s biologicals market inspired the firm to build their own company before buying a stake in Total Biotechnologia.

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Australian industry superfunds: ‘We will create a collective vehicle for ag’

Supers will create an equivalent of IFM for agriculture sometime ‘in the next few years,' Industry Super Australia’s chief economist told the Australia Forum in Melbourne.

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