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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.

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.

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.

Rabo Ventures Fund eyes expansion after €80m infusion

Managing partner Harrie Vollaard says rather than establish offices in innovation hubs, Rabobank will partner with funds already active in seed and Series A stage companies in key fintech and agtech markets.

Peoples Company adds Michigan appraisal firm to growing network

The deal will give Value Midwest clients access to Peoples Company’s brokerage, land management and investment services.

Farmer Mac’s president highlights energy-ag convergence

After taking the helm at the NYSE-traded secondary marketplace for agricultural loans in October, Brad Nordholm tells Agri Investor it is getting harder to make generalizations about its agricultural borrowers.

Rise in farm real estate delinquencies ‘could signal future sales’

Kansas City Fed agriculture economist Cortney Cowley explains to Agri Investor how its most recent Ag Finance Databook demonstrates challenges the US faces due to a surging national economy.

Will Oaktree’s investment be enough to save Blue Sky?

The US firm has agreed to invest A$50m in the embattled Australian manager through a convertible loan note. Blue Sky says this is a positive move for the business – but investors probably need more convincing.

Open Prairie seals first deal from rural vehicle amid fundraising

While trade-related uncertainty makes investors cautious, Open Prairie is on the lookout for resulting distressed opportunities, founder Jim Schultz tells Agri Investor.

Specialty lender backs Paraguay agribusiness with $8m loan

Latitude 20 Capital Partners’ Eimaad Ahmed says political and infrastructure conditions in Paraguay have allowed it to take greater advantage of the US-China trade war than its Latin American peers.
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