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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.

Institutions could turn to accumulating smaller tracts in Mid-South land markets

Availability of investment-grade farmland continues to be limited, says president of American Society of Farm Managers and Appraiser’s Mid-South chapter.

NEP sells Actagro to Nutrien in $340m deal

Partner Todd Solow says educating growers and retailers about the potential return on investment from the company’s plant health products was key to the investment’s success.

ODI aims to guide developing market investors with Tenure Risk Tool

Anna Locke, head of the Overseas Development Institute’s program on agricultural development and policy, says investors too often take government guarantees that land is available for investment at face value.

Keeping their heads above water

For both debt and equity providers, flooding in the US Midwest could provide opportunities to demonstrate the benefits institutional capital can offer.

Farmland Partners expects at least $37m in 2019 sales

FPI’s sales will focus on ‘the lower end of the cap-rate scale,’ says chief executive Paul Pittman.

Vintage Wine Estates acquires California vineyard

Chief executive Pat Roney says plans for the property include replanting its vineyard acres, residential development of certain parcels and consolidation with other of the firm’s wineries to utilize currently unused winemaking capacity.

Rabobank sells non-ag US banking unit for $2.1bn

The sale to Mechanics Bank underlines the Dutch lender’s redoubled focus on agriculture following a $369m Department of Justice settlement last year, says North American rural banking head Curt Hudnutt.

Conservation Resource Partners seeks $500m for ag strategy

The historically timber-focused firm hired former Brookfield Asset Management director Stavros Koutsantonis this year as part of its expansion into conservation-focused agricultural investments.

Impact pressure is shaping ag markets

LP demands for climate-mitigating strategies and ESG hint at how the asset class might come into sharper focus.

Finistere hires ex-Bayer crop science R&D chief as CTO

Adrian Percy, who already advises two of the firm’s portfolio companies, expects regulatory pressure to provide opportunities for agtech investors.

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