The Emerging Disruptor: Farmland Investors

January 4, 2017 12:01 PM
The Emerging Disruptor: Farmland Investors

Institutional investors are putting down millions of dollars for farmland. There’s always been investment interest in agriculture—but never before has it been so widespread. (Read the recent Top Producer article: Our Farmland Investor Cheat Sheet)

How will this affect your farm operation? Hear firsthand at the 2017 Top Producer Seminar, which takes place Jan. 24-27 in Chicago.

Paul Pittman, Farmland Partners

Paul Pittman, CEO of Farmland Partners, will explain how farmland investors will shape the future of farmland ownership.

For Pittman, the journey to farmland investment began on a family farm in Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1985, the low point in the 1980s farm crisis, with a degree in ag. 

He returned to his farming roots in the mid-1990s when he began buying land as a personal investment. He continued farming for his family’s crop operation in Illinois, Nebraska and Colorado while growing his portfolio to include $100 million of farmland. In 2014, he placed $70 million of land into a REIT and went public. 

The firm has experienced explosive growth from 7,300 acres nationwide in April 2014 to nearly 120,000 acres today in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. Pittman says Farmland Partners (NYSE: FPI) is focused on developing investments in the Corn Belt because the global food supply is so dependent on grains, oilseeds and livestock.

“I think public companies that invest in that space should be welcomed,” Pittman says.

Pittman will speak on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Top Producer Seminar. His presentation is titled, “Farmland Investors: The Emerging Disruptor.”

Register now for the 2017 Top Producer Seminar

2017 Top Producer Seminar

Read more about Pittman and Farmland Partners:

Monster 8,600-Acre Illinois Auction Fetches $55.3 Million

Farmland Partners To Acquire American Farmland Company

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Thank you to the sponsors of the 2017 Top Producer Seminar!

Premier Sponsors: Advance Trading; BASF; Bayer; Beck’s; Cargill; Case IH; Channel; CropZilla; Dow AgroSciences; DuPont Pioneer; ESN; FarmersEdge; Farmers Business Network; John Deere; K-Coe ISOM; Soybean Premiums; Top Third Ag Marketing; Verdesian.
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Supporting Sponsors: BMO Harris Bank; Transition Point Business Advisors

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Spell Check

Milbank, SD
1/4/2017 02:48 PM

  There has to be stronger laws to keep these leeches out of the farm economy. Even France with the strongest family farm protections is having prime farmland and vineyards snatched up by Chinese Investors. Families working the land for Centuries displaced by Chinese workers

Cinda V
Boyden, IA
1/5/2017 06:46 AM

  They're everywhere. There are even investors controlling what happens at our local "farmer owned" cooperatives. Who let them in there?!

bad axe, MI
1/5/2017 07:29 AM

  You have to remember you would have to get $116,000.00 per acre for the 600 million acres of farm land to pay off the credit market debt in this country. What's happening is this 70 trillion in credit market debt in this country is also in someone's bank account as a deposit . There not paying any interest on deposited money at the bank, so this money found it's way to the commodity bubble of the last decade trying to make money off of it. ( buy land at $10,000.00 get $300.00 per acre rent 3% return on investment) good gig as long as it last. Housing market lasted a decade and flopped so will farmland because when raise interest ,strength the dollar ,depress commodity prices ,farmland will plummet like any other investment that has run. If interest at the bank was 10% , you could get a 5% CD , that's $500.00 an acre return on investment and you have no taxes, no upkeep, no risk of not getting the rent, and no loss of principle why would you be in farmland. It will go back to this like it did in the 80's after the last credit bubble blew up , remember the 18% interest , and the savings and loan crisis of that decade. That was caused buy Nixon going off the GOLD STANDARD in 1973 so we could create a Utopian society after the Vietnam war, that lasted for a decade and blew up. This farmland thing is coming to the end of it's decade run. Surpluses and rising interest rates will crash the land values ,it's doing a good job on the Dairy industry rite now.


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