Markets, Governments Challenge Agribusiness

May 11, 2012

With demand pushing farmland prices higher, and in some cases spooking politicians, LatAm agribusiness operators are broadening their geographies. Though fundraising hasn’t been easy, some – including Brazil’s LDC Bioenergia, which made initial IPO filings Thursday – are planning to give the markets a try. Farmland plays have pushed land prices in Brazil and Argentina to new heights, and large operations such as Adecoagro, BrasilAgro, and SLC Agricola have been challenged by governments worried about purchases by large international players and sovereign wealth funds. “The Chinese and Arab interests...

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