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Chris Janiec

Chris Janiec is a reporter with Agri Investor. Based in New York, Janiec coordinates coverage of private investment into global food and agriculture with colleagues in London and Greece. Previously, Janiec covered non-bank capital markets for PEI’s Private Debt Investor, taught international relations and US foreign policy at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing and worked as an analyst of petroleum and shipping markets in New York.

LandFund Partners lands $10m in acquisitions in Q2

Managing director Chris Morris says after accumulating Mid-South farmland properties since 2012, the firm’s portfolio has reached the $100m range typically of interest to institutional investors.

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.

The haves and the have-mores

For private investors in global agriculture, growing concerns about inequality are by no means academic; the chasm between large and small is already shaping their environment in important ways.

Permanent crop opportunities improving, despite Midwest distress

Trade war has had little impact on LP demand for exposure to Farmland Investors’ open-ended vehicle, says UBS.

Harvard Management Company sells Uruguay timber in $330m deal

Local advisor Wilfred Moran says the deal’s size makes it an anomaly in a timber market dominated by transactions of $20m-$25m.

Bain Capital says profit and impact well-aligned in ag

Double Impact fund principal Chris Cozzone says agriculture is a key focus for the $390m vehicle, with biological inputs and precision agriculture of particular interest.

Timber and agribusiness pushes MetLife ag lending to record 2018

Lowered feed costs have helped create the highest level of investor interest in livestock in a decade, says head of agricultural finance group Barry Bogseth.

$20m Series D backs pongamia tree expansion

Chief executive Naveen Sika says the company is in discussions with PE firms and other institutional investors about whether the pongamia might be well-suited to Florida farmland previously planted in citrus.

The public-private wedlock

They appear competitors, but publicly-traded farmland investment vehicles in the US and their private market counterparts support each other indirectly.

Equilibrium closes indoor ag fund on $336m

The firm's principal and chairman, Dave Chen, says European LPs have 'home-field advantage' in appreciating the potential for large-scale controlled environment agriculture.

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