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Corporate Ag Investment: "Doing the right thing"

Posted by Robert Herrmann on 13 January 2018

Long term food producers (farmers) have noticed the positive sentiment that’s been rolling over the ag sector in recent times. An evolving situation of increasing world income, a growing population – particularly the wealthy middle class; greater appetite for amplified consumption of protein, and an at best constrained capacity for increased productivity (at least in the traditional sense), all suggest a cautiously positive outlook is here.

Corporate ag investment, could provide opportunities for co-investment or alternatively is this the time to cash in on years of diligent and painstaking investment in the family farm? Other than financial returns what other factors are investors taking into account?

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Topics: agriculture debt, Agriculture

Getting the farm enterprise investor ready.

Posted by Robert Herrmann and Olivia Agar on 7 April 2017

Australian farm enterprises have much going for them; management skills honed to the local conditions, robust and transparent markets, constant new technology and innovation upgrades and a relatively stable political climate.

The challenge is capital funding, especially funding to grow the business. The good news is that there is plenty of capital around; the challenge is how do farmers access this capital.

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Topics: financing, crowdfunding, agriculture debt, p2p lending, peer to peer lending, disruptive finance

Disruptive financing models in agriculture

Posted by Andrew Whitelaw on 19 February 2016

In the last few years there has a been an upsurge in ‘disruptive’ business models revolutionising the way we live. The biggest examples of this disruption has been in the taxi industry (Uber), travel accommodation (Airbnb) and project financing (crowd funding).

In this article we are going to look at three alternative financing models emerging in agriculture which may disrupt the traditional avenues for revenue raising in the coming years. It is regularly pronounced that Australia is going from the ‘mining boom’ to ‘dining boom’. However, the opportunities for small scale investors have been limited; will new models solve this?

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Topics: financing, crowdfunding, agriculture debt, p2p lending, peer to peer lending, fractional investment, disruptive finance