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Here you’ll find updates on the investment deals, on-going research, curated news from around the industry and insight from the players already operating in the space.


RR News Update: November 7, 2019

Former VP Al Gore has focused his climate activism on regenerative ag; Indigo Ag is connecting the dots, creating a package to support growers that ties the company’s online grain marketplace with its new soil carbon trading initiative; a Timberland partnership creates a regenerative supply chain for leather; a movie ...
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RR News Update: October 24, 2019

Two leaders in the regenerative agriculture space spoke out about the biggest challenges facing the food system in honor of World Food Day, Bay Area restaurateurs are leading the way with a healthy soil surcharge, farmers in Iowa are in the spotlight as questions about agriculture come up on the ...
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Finding Hope in the World’s Greatest Food Challenges

An interview with two regenerative food systems leaders In honor of World Food Day on Oct. 16, Raising Regenerative spoke with two different leaders in the space to get their perspective on the biggest challenges facing the food system. Caesaré Assad leads the work at Food System 6, a non-profit ...
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RR News Update: October 10, 2019

Regenerative Food Systems Investment Forum Wrap up: Last week nearly 200 people from across the regenerative food system and the investing community gathered at the inaugural Regenerative Food Systems Investment Forum in Oakland, CA. With a jam-packed agenda, an all-star speaker lineup, and a tremendous diversity of perspectives all in ...
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RR News Update: September 12, 2019

Deal Activity Ag fund Invests in Vancouver Blueberry Processor Agriculture Capital, a big investor in permanent crops including blueberries, is investing in Firestone Pacific Foods to help the company expand processing and cold storage capacity. Read more Terramera Raises $45 Million to Cut Pesticide Use A Vancouver clean-technology company that uses ...
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Farmland and Climate Change: A Mantra for Regenerative Agri Investment Professionals

With more than four decades of experience in farming and a multi-billion-dollar track record as a senior agribusiness executive, Detlef Schoen is one of few experts globally that combine experience and a successful track record all the way from hands-on farming to international agribusiness and financial markets. He is widely ...
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RR News Update: August 29, 2019

Leading Off: Growing Regenerative Ag One Investment at a Time Farmers who want to transition to organic still find it hard to get financing from commercial lenders. But burgeoning numbers of alternative sources, such as Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT, are popping up with the goal of supporting efforts to regenerate ...
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Growing Regenerative Ag One Investment at a Time

By Leigh Glenn When Danforth, Ill, farmer Harold Wilken’s father was dying, Wilken told his dad he was going “100 percent organic.” “‘Why would you do that when we struggled for years to keep weeds down and it’s so much easier with herbicides?’” his father asked. Wilken’s dad had been ...
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RR News Update: August 15, 2019

The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report set the media abuzz with its claim that the world food supply is threatened by the climate crisis. Raising Regenerative highlights how regenerative agriculture is a focus as world leaders look for solutions. Also, the debate about beef continues to simmer, soil ...
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RR News Update: August 1, 2019

Raising Regenerative looks at the discussion of the climate crisis in the second Democratic Presidential candidate debates, Cargill’s pledge to take on sustainability issues in the beef market, a new contest from Indigo Agriculture, a podcast with RFSI Forum keynote speaker David Montgomery and much more. In The Headlines: Democratic ...
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RR News Update: July 18, 2019

Raising Regenerative celebrated the release of the landmark report Soil Wealth: Investing in Regenerative Agriculture Across Asset Classes by interviewing co-author Dr. David LeZaks. We also highlight a new Opportunity Zones fund that focuses on regenerative ag, a report that compels the UK to transition to sustainable farming by 2030, ...
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New Report Lays Out Path Forward for Investment in Regenerative Agriculture

As regenerative agriculture gains momentum as both a production strategy and an increasingly mainstream topic to address the environmental and climate impacts of agriculture, it is also gaining more attention in the agricultural finance community – from banks to farmland investment funds to impact investors and more. A new report ...
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Soil Wealth Report Identifies 67 Investment Approaches to Grow and Develop New Regenerative Agriculture Capital Opportunities

The report showcases more than $320 billion in investments that focus on sustainable food and agriculture, with $47.5 billion of that now explicitly targeting “regenerative agriculture” Chicago, IL (July 10, 2019) – A team of researchers from Delta Institute, Croatan Institute, and the Organic Agriculture Revitalization Strategy (OARS) released a ...
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RR News Update: July 2, 2019

In this abbreviated, July 4th holiday edition, Raising Regenerative looks at the Green New Deal and its implications for regenerative agriculture. RFSI Forum speaker Eric Jackson discusses how finance products can help farmers transition to organics and regenerative. We also highlight agroforestry, natural fertilizers, and the growing trend to include ...
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RR New Update – June 20, 2019

Raising Regenerative takes a deeper look at the winners of FoodShot Global’s inaugural MoonShot Prize for Innovating Soil 3.0 and its impact on the industry. Born2Invest reports on why impact investors are turning to sustainable ag. Maple Hill Creamery CEO Tim Joseph talks animal vs plant-based ag and how they ...
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RR News Update: June 6, 2019

Raising Regenerative has a one-on-one interview with RFSI Forum speaker Esther Park of Cienega Capital explaining her company’s motivations for investing in regenerative agriculture. Watch another of our faculty for the Sep 30 – Oct 1 event, Shauna Sadowski of General Mills, as she discusses how big companies can help ...
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FoodShot Global Announces Winners to First Moonshot Challenge

NEW YORK, June 6, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- FoodShot Global, the world’s first collaborative capital investment platform that catalyzes innovation to transform the food system, today announced the winners of Innovating Soil 3.0. Trace Genomics received an investment from FoodShot Venture Partner, S2G Ventures. Additionally, the $535,000 GroundBreaker Prize was awarded ...
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Investor Insight: Esther Park Explains Cienega Capital’s Regenerative Ag Focus

Esther Park is the CEO of Cienega Capital, a regenerative investment firm focused on systemic change in soil health, regenerative agriculture, and local food systems. Park has 18-plus years’ experience in mission-based financial services, including microfinance and risk capital investments. As vice president, Strategy and Business Development, RSF Social Finance, ...
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RR News Update: May 23, 2019

This week's hearing on Climate Change and the Agriculture Sector in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry netted a range of reactions from media outlets. We have a wide range of coverage from various outlets. Also read about the economics of the 2018 organic industry, ...
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RR News Update: May 9, 2019

The release on May 6 by the IPBES of a landmark Global Assessment on the state of the ecosystem sent shockwaves around the world. We have a slice of responses to the forecast of over one million species facing extinction. We also serve up some interesting opinions, news on new activity in ...
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RR News Update: April 25, 2019

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, this week's news update features a look at a group of investment vehicles that are helping expand capital allocation into regenerative agriculture and food. We also take a look at a new tool developed to asses natural capital credit risk, look inside ...
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Five Investment Vehicles Changing the Way We Invest in Agriculture

In the past decade, agriculture has become a popular class for investors looking for steady long-term fundamentals, attractive historical returns, and a way to use their investment dollars for positive impact. Investing in agriculture has the potential to move the food system forward and address enormous challenges, such as food ...
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First Speakers Announced for Regenerative Food Systems Investment Forum

The two-day Regenerative Food Systems Investment Forum (RFSI Forum) is designed to mobilize critical stakeholders, investors, food companies, entrepreneurs, and other key players to identify, understand, and expand opportunities for investment in regenerative food and agriculture. The event producers are excited to announce the first round of speakers, who will each bring their own expertise ...
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RR News Update: April 12, 2019

The latest Raising Regenerative News update shared word of some innovative companies and sectors turning their heads to regenerative agriculture. Kernza Fuels New Food Products Patagonia and Cascadian Farm are both utilizing kernza, a perennial variety of wheatgrass that stores carbon in its exceptionally long root system. The results are tasty. Read more here ...
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RR News Update: March 30, 2019

Soil and climate change   Soil continues to carve out a spot on the leading edge of climate change dialog. Some big names chimed in to add even more buzz to the regenerative chatter. Bill Gates made a call on his blog, GatesNotes, for more attention to soil, pointing out ...
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Founder and Former COO of Blue Apron Launches Cooks Venture, a Next Generation Food Company

NEW YORK, March 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Cooks Venture, a next generation food company rooted in regenerative agriculture and transparency, today announced its official public launch. In conjunction with this announcement, the company acquired an 800-acre farm in Arkansas and two large processing facilities in Oklahoma. Starting today, Cooks Venture begins ...
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Expo West Coverage: Three Takeaways On the Nexus of Food Companies, Climate Change and Regenerative Agriculture

The warm southern California sun was absent for the first few days of the 2019 Natural Products West Expo in Anaheim but that didn’t prevent a bright light from shining on the work being done in the rising category of regenerative agriculture. Natural Products West, or Expo West as it ...
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General Mills to Advance Regenerative Agriculture Practices on One Million Acres of Farmland by 2030

PR Newswire MINNEAPOLIS, March 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- General Mills (GIS) today announced its commitment to advance regenerative agriculture practices on one million acres of farmland by 2030. The Company will partner with organic and conventional farmers, suppliers and trusted farm advisors in key growing regions to drive the adoption of ...
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RR News Update: Feb. 28, 2019

This was an active week for regenerative agriculture and food systems investment, with several deals along the supply chain, in addition to a fair amount of press on the role food companies are playing in supporting producers’ move to regenerative practices. Investment Activity U.S.-based organic food and feed supply chain ...
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New National Consortium Forms from Ecosystem Services Market Program; Executive Director Selected

RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, ten private-sector companies and nonprofit organizations have announced their intent to join together to form the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC). The ESMC's Founding Circle is comprised of ADM, Bunge, Cargill, General Mills, Indigo Agriculture, McDonald's USA, Noble Research Institute, LLC, Soil Health ...
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New Event to Address Growing Opportunity in Regenerative Agriculture and Food Investment

A new event is coming to the investment sector, focused on a rapidly growing segment of the agriculture and food space: regenerative food systems. Over the past decade, driven in part by increasing population pressure and growing land resource scarcity, agriculture has come into its own as an asset class ...
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