Committed to Funding Sustainable and Prosperous Farming
A Threatened Food Supply
Today, a number of global trends are placing increased stress on agricultural food production worldwide. As the amount of arable farmland shrinks steadily, meeting the global food demand is only exacerbated.
Current estimates from the United Nations show that the population is expected to reach 9.3 billion by 2050.
With more mouths to feed than ever before, agricultural output will need to increase by 60% in order to meet demand.
The FAO estimates that 250 million acres of arable cropland will be lost to soil degradation and urbanization over the next 30 years.
Global temperatures are projected to warm by about 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7° degrees Fahrenheit) by 2050.
Rising CO2 Levels
Since 2000, the global atmospheric carbon dioxide amount has grown by an increase of 12%.
As farmers continue to navigate a changing landscape, the future of agriculture will depend largely on the industry’s ability to adapt – and investors will play a crucial role.
FarmTogether's mission is to support sustainable and profitable farming by leveraging technology and capital, all the while providing our investors with an opportunity to share in the rewards from farming well. By driving abundant and creative capital to farmers, we’re giving investors the opportunity to help create a more sustainable food system for generations to come.
Real Asset, Real Returns
Over the past several years, investors have increasingly sought the benefits that real assets like farmland can bring to a diversified portfolio. With natural resource scarcity and climate risk coming into focus, more investors are seeking real assets to provide benefits beyond diversification, too.
Comparing Returns, Standard Deviations And Sharpe Ratios (1992 - 2020)
Data are based on rolling one-year total returns, calculated on a quarterly basis for periods ended 31 Mar 1992 through 31 Dec 2020
Sources: NCREIF, FactSet, Nuveen, LLC.
Asset classes represent the following indexes: stocks – Russell 3000 Index and MSCI ACWI ex USA Index; bonds – Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index and Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Index; privately held U.S. commercial real estate – NCREIF Real Estate Index; privately held U.S. farmland – NCREIF Farmland Index; privately held U.S. timberland – NCREIF Timberland Index. Mean-variance optimization based on historical returns is intended for illustration purposes only and should not be considered investment recommendations.
Responsible farmland investing drives better outcomes for investors, our food supply, and the planet. That’s why sustainability is an integral part of our investment process. By embedding sustainable factors into our investment sourcing, due diligence, and on-farm management, we seek to help farms become more efficient.
FarmTogether's agricultural operations have been certified as in conformance with the Leading Harvest Farmland Management Standard.
FarmTogether is a member of Leading Harvest, an innovative nonprofit organization and industry leader in sustainability. The Leading Harvest Farmland Management Standard identifies sustainable farming practices, which require awareness and appropriate use of regional agricultural best management practices to advance sustainable agriculture.
Our Sierra Foothills Pistachio Orchard in Tulare County, CA.
Sustainable Agriculture Within Our Portfolio
To help manage soil fertility and avoid erosion, farmers can plant cover crops - plants that grow low to the ground and cover bare soil with vegetation. Cover crops slow the pace of water runoff from soils and improve topsoil structure and aggregation, and over time will lead to increases in soil organic matter. Some cover crops can also fix nitrogen into soils and improve overall nutrient cycling.
Our operator for Deer Creek and Fawn Creek pistachio orchards, for example, utilizes cover crops, illustrating how this practice can transform permanent crop management.
- Tulare County, CADeer Creek Pistachio OrchardPistachios
- Linn County & Marion County, ORShumaker Hazelnut OrchardHazelnuts