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Expert investors examine the evolution of ag as an asset class

NEW YORK (March 24, 2017) – After decades of stagnation, multiple market influences have led to exponential growth in farmland investing, broadening it from a niche investment to a mainstream institutional asset class. Defining the evolution of this asset class are the pioneers who have been involved since the beginning, including Jim McCandless, head of Global Real Estate Farmland for UBS Farmland Investors, who will be the keynote speaker at the 9th annual Global AgInvesting conference, set for April 18-21, 2017 here at the Grand Hyatt. 

Armed with nearly half a century of investment experience, McCandless will present “Perspectives from a Pioneer on the Evolution of Agriculture as an Asset Class.” He will draw on the history of how the U.S. Farm Crisis of the early 1980s expanded the number of insurance companies and banks with farmland holdings in order to manage the huge volume of farm properties acquired through foreclosure during these years. McCandless experienced the recovery years – when the negative correlation of farmland returns with returns to financial assets was touted, and the asset’s potential as a diversifier was recognized – from his seat as one of the five founders of AgriVest.

McCandless will look back at “lessons learned” during these times, with special attention to the climate in the sector today where the past few years have seen sustained low commodity prices and in some regions, pull-back in property values and returns, to provide Global AgInvesting attendees with a view of what the future may hold for institutional farmland investing.

Other veterans in the sector who will join McCandless as part of the Global AgInvesting speaking faculty include:

Rajesh Behal, CIO of Global Agribusiness for International Finance Corporation
Robert L. Cowan, president of Farmland Partners Inc.
David Gladstone, chairman and CEO at Gladstone Land Corporation
Damien Lepoutre, president of GEOSYS; vice president at Land O’Lakes
Randall Pope, CEO at Westchester Group Investment Management, a TIAA company
Mark White, head of real assets at Albourne Partners

Each year, Global AgInvesting brings together nearly 700 investors, farm and fund managers, and agribusiness executives seeking to navigate the complex investment opportunities in the oldest industry in the world, and one of its most nascent asset classes. From this three and a half-day conference, attendees will walk away with compelling reasons to diversify any portfolio with agricultural investments along the value chain, and the new connections to make that happen.

Learn more at www.globalaginvesting.com/events/GAI2017, @globalaginvest, or join our LinkedIn Group.

About Global AgInvesting

Global AgInvesting is the world’s most well attended agricultural investment conference series and leading resource for events, research and insight into the global agricultural sector. Established in 2009, GAI currently produces four annual events and publishes the industry’s most critical periodicals, GAI News, and the GAI Gazette.

GAI is a brand of HighQuest Group, a strategic advisory, conference and media company serving corporations, financial investors and governments across the global food and agribusiness value chains. www.highquestgroup.com


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