Marc Schober is the editor of Farmland Forecast an educational blog devoted to investments in agriculture and farmland.
Colvin & Schober’s Guide to Investment in Farmland
May 10, 2012
Greyson Colvin and Marc Schober both grew up in the Midwest with farming in their families. Using their expertise in agriculture, Colvin & Schober were pioneers in the farmland investment industry. Now the two are putting their knowledge into the Investors’ Guide to Farmland, the handbook to educate investors about the investment opportunities in US farmland.
Everyone has to eat to survive. The production of almost all food can be traced back to farmland in some way. Demand is growing for farmland as the world's population and global needs for food are rising. The supply of farmland is not changing, thus creating a severe imbalance in the supply of farmable land and demand for food. The world's population is expected to grow from 7 billion to over 9 billion by 2050. Over the same time period, food production must double.
"Agriculture over the next decade is going to create a substantial amount of wealth, not only in the US, but also across the globe," Mr. Colvin noted.
How can one capitalize on the increased global protein consumption and demand for food? An investment in farmland will provide a steady stream of income and capital gains due to the increasing global demand for agricultural commodities and limited supply of global arable land. The Investors' Guide to Farmland will guide you through the rational for investment in farmland, understanding the characteristic of farmland, and why it should become part of your portfolio.
Mr. Schober said, "Investors are currently struggling with a steep learning curve in farmland and the Investors' Guide to Farmland will help readers understand why and how to invest in farmland. Any investor thinking of adding farmland to their portfolio, novice to expert, will gain priceless knowledge from the book."
The Investor’s Guide to Farmland can be purchased on CreateSpace (www.createspace.com/3861185), Amazon.com, and other fine retailers.
About the Authors:
Greyson S. Colvin – Mr. Colvin is founder and Managing Partner of Colvin & Co. LLP, an agriculture-focused investment manager. Mr. Colvin’s family has owned and operated farmland for over 120 years. Previously, he was an analyst at Credit Suisse in the Portfolio Management Group and at UBS Investment Research. Mr. Colvin received a B.A. in Financial Management from the University of St. Thomas and a M.B.A. in Finance & Investment Banking from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Mr. Colvin has been featured in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Dow Jones, as well as a frequent speaker at financial and agricultural conferences.
T. Marc Schober – Mr. Schober is a Director at Colvin & Co. LLP and Managing Editor of Farmland Forecast. Growing up on a Wisconsin farm, the Schober family has owned and managed farmland in Wisconsin for over 40 years. Mr. Schober previously worked at Schober, Schober, & Mitchell, S.C. as a law clerk specializing in business law. Mr. Schober received a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. He is also involved in a number of cancer fundraisers including the Oconomowoc LakeWalk and has been featured in several publications including Dr. Marc Faber's Gloom Boom & Doom Report, AgWeb, and Seeking Alpha, as well as frequent speaker on the conference circuit.