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Rural business consultant Frank Delahunty hopes to develop a US-style farm business index to guide super fund investment

A PROMINENT agribusiness adviser wants to establish an agricultural index similar to the All Ordinaries Index but one that is based on the rural sector.

Frank Delahunty said an index was needed to encourage Australian institutional investors to invest in agriculture.

He said the US had a farmland index that was used as an independent guide to farm performances.

Mr Delahunty said the US index, which has a market value of more than $3.3 billion, was set up by the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries in 1990 and now used data from 541 properties. The NCREIF farmland index provides a measure of the performance of a pool of agricultural properties bought for investment purposes only.

Mr Delahunty said the NCREIF had plans to expand its indices to markets outside the US.

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  • garry Posted at 9:00 PM February 20, 2014

    ""an index was needed to encourage Australian institutional investors to invest in agriculture."" Good move, however it's merit gets tossed out the window if foreign buyers are allowed to participate. Given our mediocre politicians with their lust for foreign cash, as it stands we lose more of Australia as each day passes

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