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Chris Janiec

Chris Janiec is Americas Editor at Agri Investor. Based in New York, Janiec coordinates coverage of private investment into global food and agriculture with colleagues in London. 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.

PE’s role in the 21st-century hemp supply chain

Private investors are well-positioned to help revive industrial hemp in the US, but they will have to navigate a hopeful market carefully.

RRG-backed Sun World sells California grape lands

Executives from the Renewable Resources Group-owned company said the sale would allow them to focus more on its technology, breeding and licensing business.

Gladstone expects up to $200m in 2019 acquisitions

David Gladstone says the NASDAQ-traded REIT’s pipeline of potential acquisitions is 'as strong as we’ve ever seen', as he hopes to get the company's farmland portfolio to $1bn in 2020.

Cultivian Sandbox fund misses $200m target

The firm secures $130m from strategic ag investors like ADM and Smithfield, as well as its first non-US LPs, like Sumitomo Chemical America.

Paine Schwartz adds animal health vet as OD

Richard Shuler has highlighted data analysis, food safety and the need for alternatives to antibiotics as key drivers of growth within a consolidating animal health market.

Emissions reduction to boost sustainable timber: GIIN

Global Impact Investing Network manager says GPs and LPs involved with timber expect climate change initiatives to help increase income from carbon trading and reforestation.

High industrial hemp returns likely to erode: Farmer Mac

Though profit potential of up to $748 per acre has prompted much excitement, director of economic research Jackson Takach expects currently-elevated returns to shrink by about 2024.

Canadian farmland markets averaged 6.6 percent growth in 2018

In its annual farmland values overview, Canadian ag lender Farm Credit Canada reported large producers were the driving force for continued growth that marked a slowdown from the 8.4 percent pace reported last year.

Is ag suffering from inflated expectations?

The absence of inflation has added complexity to an already challenging fundraising environment. But there's more to the asset class than inflation protection.

Politics likely to slow LatAm ag reform

Gaps between populist rhetoric and political reality suggest sector pledges in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico will be difficult to implement, says Fitch.
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