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Investing in Regenerative Agriculture

Koen van Seijen

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Investing in Regenerative Agriculture
46 MIN2017 SEP 24
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Raised one of the first regenerative agriculture impact investing funds, now managing over 17000 acres and executing complex ten year rotations. Including cattle, organic grains and organic vegetables.Welcome Investing in Regenerative Agriculture, investing as if the planet mattered. Where I interview key players in the field of regenerative agriculture, people who are scaling up the sector by bringing in new money or scaling up the practises on the ground.If this content has been of value to you and you have the means, please support me by becoming part of my Patreon community: www.patreon.com/regenerativeagricultureOther ways to support my work:- Share the podcast- Give a 5-star rating (if you podcast app allows it) - Or buy me a coffee… or a meal! www.Ko-fi.com/regenerativeagricultureI interviewed Craig Wichner co-founder of FarmlandLP (www.farmlandlp.com) one of the first impact investment funds focussed on Regenerative Agriculture. We discussed many things! From soil carbon to drones and from deep roots to how we can show that regenerative agriculture is more profitable than conventional chemical based agriculture.Some key takeaways:Farmland lp“How do you shift from a chemical based agriculture to a biological based agriculture?”“Showing organic farmland is more profitable than conventional agriculture!”Farmland“Organic farmland we have managed generates 72% more revenue per acre.” “53% of US farmland growing 2 commodity crops, corn and soy.”“At least 4-6 times more revenue per acre growing sweet corn than commodity corn”The big shift comes from average farmer understand that sustainable agri is more profitable than chemical farmingReally looking at the land, what work best on this land in a sustainable way?“What is the best way to maximise biological productivity and economic value?” Future developmentsJust completed a permanent crop suitability study for some of the land. Looking at the mix of perennial systems plus open groundNext year they will be getting more technology on the farm, aerial imagery with dronesConsumers“Milk is the gateway drug to organic products” as first time mothers start asking questions about the milk they give to their newborns. Organic standards aren’t the holy grail, there are some issues with it. Keep asking questions!"“Not everything you measure matters not everything matters can be measured”InvestorsFirst question for investors, what is the timeframe you are investing?www.farmlandlp.comPlease hit the share button if you think this interview is relevant for someone you know!If you want to receive an email when I upload a new episode, subscribe here eepurl.com/cxU33PThe above references an opinion and is for information purposes only. It is not intended to be investment advice. Seek a duly licensed professional for investment advice.