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US investors plough cash into farmland

Investment managers in the US report rising interest from pension schemes and retail investors in funds that buy and run farmland in developed countries.

Down on the farm

The rights and wrongs of global agricultural investment examined on Business Daily of the BBC

Hancock ag investors eyeing more farm deals

Investors are growing more bullish on U.S. farmland as softness in some sectors spurs increased competition for buying quality acres. Capital flow is increasing from overseas, in particular from Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Doit-on protéger nos terres?

Selon l'économiste Marc Urbain Proulx, les groupes chinois sont prêts à contourner la loi en faisant acheter les terres par des personnes qui résident au Québec.

Des terres convoitées par les Américains

Une filiale américaine de la Financière Manuvie qui a récemment fait une percée au Québec en achetant des terres agricoles totalisant 450 hectares dans les Bois-Francs affirme qu'elle est venue au Canada avec la ferme intention d'y rester et d'y prendre de l'expansion.

Cheap Canadian farmland lures foreign buyers

Hancock Agricultural Investment Group, a Boston-based unit of Toronto's Manulife Financial Corp., decided its first Canadian purchase would be an 1,100-acre (450-hectare) patch of land that it called "one of the most highly productive properties in the industry." The company will not disclose how much it paid, or even the exact location of the farm. But president Jeff Conrad said the company is in Canada to stay, and the fund plans to seek more land.

Foreign investors eye rural targets

The debate over foreign investment is set to expand from the mining industry to agriculture as overseas investors pour billions of dollars into Australian rural properties considered by some to be strategic national assets.