While a number of outside investors have been great assets to our industry, many others have been a net negative for agriculture, writes Jim Budzynski.
Sixty-seven percent of the large institutional investors invested in agriculture in Prequin's database said they were interested in investing in agtech.
Agrivi's $1m Series A follows two recent agtech funding rounds that also attracted investment from large institutional investors in as many weeks.
Cellular agriculture is the process of cultivating meat, eggs, and leather in cell culture rather than raising and slaughtering livestock.
The Public Sector Pension Investment Board has invested in Allflex, a global animal intelligence and monitoring systems provider.
An Australian farmland fund joined a drone company, microbe manufacturer, consumer products, and food e-commerce startup to raise funding and highlighting the diversity of the ag investment space.
Local pension funds are starting to show interest in the country's agriculture sector again, according to QIC.
Willow Hill Ventures will invest in growth stage agtech companies beyond Series B stage taking advantage of IFC’s portfolio of farmland across the US.
A further 36 funds, across farmland, agribusiness and agriculture technology, are still in the market targeting $7.5 billion collectively, according to Prequin.
Australia's pension industry has been highly criticized for not supporting the country's agriculture sector making last week's A$150 million almond farmland acquisition by First State Super a coup for the industry.
The biological crop protection startup is the first agtech equity investment by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which will look at all technologies that can play a role in increasing productivity for smallholder farmers, a spokesperson told AgFunderNews.
Deals from the week include a private equity-backed Australian producer's A$550m IPO, an agriculture fund commitment by Merced County and the Accel Partners-led Series A round of grocery delivery company Opinio in Bangalore.
The new farmland value index provider is using publicly available transaction data to compile monthly indices in a move away from other quarterly and survey-dominated indices.