Investors and fund managers putting capital to work in U.S. agri

The Fifth Annual Agri Investor Chicago Forum will bring together top institutional investors, family offices, fund and asset managers, regulators, advisors and producers for an editorially rich discussion of agriculture as an investment opportunity.

Attendees will network with agribusiness leaders and connect with key decision makers at the only US event exclusively focused on fundraising and investment in global agriculture.

2019 DISCUSSION TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • AgTech
  • Impact investing
  • Farmland investing
  • Water investing
  • Agri deals of the year
  • LP perspectives- the agri investment process & fundamentals

2019 keynote speaker

Jamie Shen

Chief Investment Officer

PGIM Agriculture Investments

 

In this role, Jamie leads the equity team in managing the portfolio of agricultural properties. Prior to joining Prudential in 2017, Jamie was an Executive Vice President and Practice Leader of Alternative Investments Consulting with Callan Associates where she had overall responsibility for Real Assets Consulting services.

 

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Special Rate for Agri Producers

The Forum welcomes top agriculture producers* to attend at a special rate to address the most pressing topics in agri across the supply chain. In 2019, meet with investors and fund managers to build powerful relationships and discuss investment opportunities from your unique and expert perspective.

*primary producer, i.e. individual owner/operator ‘behind the farm gate’, across sectors.

2019 agenda

Interested in speaking at the 2019 Forum?

Please contact Joan Moh at joan.m@peimedia.com or call +1 212 796 8322 ext 157

Day 1 Day 2
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Agenda

Day 1 - Tuesday 12th

General session
08:00 - 08:45

Registration and networking breakfast

08:45 - 09:00

PEI welcome & chairperson’s introduction

09:00 - 09:30

Keynote presentation

Jamie Shen

Keynote interviewee:
Jamie Shen, Chief Investment Officer, PGIM Agricultural Investments

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Jamie Shen

Chief Investment Officer, PGIM Agricultural Investments

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09:30 - 10:20

Agriculture’s place in the GP/LP nexus | Big picture institutional demand

Amy Hauke, Atish Babu, David Chattleton, Eric O’Brien, Greg Richards

Potential interest rate changes, geopolitical disruption and fears about equity market resilience are all helping drive increasing LP attention to real assets. In this panel, participants will discuss:

  • Which other real assets present the clearest competition to agriculture for space in LP portfolios?
  • How have investment structures responded to LP demand for collaboration and transparency?
  • Will investors entering the market now alter the balance between growth and wealth preservation in various agri strategies?

Moderator:
Amy Hauke, Director – Private Equity, BMO Wealth Management

Speakers:
Atish Babu,
Vice President, Agriculture Capital
David Chattleton, Managing Partner, Tiverton Advisors
Eric O’Brien, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Fall Line Capital
Greg Richards, Managing Director, Arable Capital Partners

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Amy Hauke

Director – Private Equity, BMO Wealth Management

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Atish Babu

Vice President, Agriculture Capital Management

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David Chattleton

Managing Partner, Tiverton Advisors

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Eric O’Brien

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Fall Line Capital

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Greg Richards

Managing Director, Arable Capital Partners

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10:20 - 11:10

Where’s the beef? | PE’s role in the plant-based alternatives sector

Greg Bohlen, Rich Gammill, Danny O’Malley

Burger King’s adoption of the Impossible Burger is just the latest indication that demand for plant-based proteins will continue to see growth inspired by their appeal to a healthy and climate conscious consumers. This panel will further explore this demand and the driving forces behind it.

  • How has institutional capital defined its role within a market driven by early-stage ventures?
  • What, if any, impact will Beyond Meat’s stock performance or skepticism on health benefits have on institutional demand for exposure to the plant-based protein market?
  • Not all meatless alternatives are created equal; which are the burgeoning market’s leaders and laggers?

Moderator:
Greg Bohlen, Managing Partner, Union Grove Venture Partners

Speakers:
Rich Gammill, Managing Partner, Proterra Investment Partners
Danny O’Malley, The Presiplant and Founder, Before the Butcher, Inc.

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Greg Bohlen

Managing Partner, Union Grove Venture Partners

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Rich Gammill

Managing Partner, Proterra Investment Partners

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Danny O’Malley

The Presiplant and Founder, Before the Butcher, Inc

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11:10 - 11:40

Networking break

11:40 - 12:30

AgTech | Exploring PE’s role in a very broad market

Ray Smith, Pamela G. Marrone, PhD., Dr. David Muth, Anna Rath, PhD., Ivan Saval

After monitoring progress and investing selectively for much of the past decade, biologicals have emerged among the corners of the vast AgTech market best suited to institutional capital. As consumer demand for sustainability continues to grow, farmers’ need for new and better technologies will only drive demand for this sector further. We will take an in-depth look into:

  • What are the current or potential future regulations most likely to create market opportunities for investors exploring biologicals?
  • How are firms collaborating with strategic investors and other LPs interested in playing a more direct role?
  • Who is financing the research that will drive future rounds of innovation?

Moderator:
Ray Smith, Vice President, Investment and Business Strategy, AgLaunch

Speakers:
Pamela G. Marrone, PhD.,
Chief Executive Officer, Founder, Marrone Bio Innovations
Dr. David Muth, Senior Vice President, Peoples Company
Anna Rath, PhD., President, Chief Executive Officer, Vestaron 
Ivan Saval,
Managing Director – Agribusiness & Food Investment Banking, National Securities Corp.

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Ray Smith

Vice President, Investment and Business Strategy, AgLaunch

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Pamela G. Marrone, PhD.

Chief Executive Officer, Founder, Marrone Bio Innovations

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Dr. David Muth

Senior Vice President, Peoples Company

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Anna Rath, PhD.

President, Chief Executive Officer, Vestaron

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Ivan Saval

Managing Director – Agribusiness & Food Investment Banking, National Securities Corp.

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12:30 - 13:30

Networking lunch

13:30 - 14:20

Why now? | The real deals of the year

Aaron Knewtson, Cameron Dunn, John Goodreds, Jim Schultz

Private mangers’ efforts to exert greater control over food supply chains take place in a content of demographic, technological and political changes that frame their role in agriculture. Our panel of leading agri GPs will swap notes on the key fundraising and deal trends in the market.  It will address:

  • Where have investors have proved most attractive to PE investors?
  • Where they have found the greatest inefficiencies with vertical integration?
  • What consumption trends seem most likely to create new opportunities for investors looking to stay ahead of demand?

Moderator:
Aaron Knewtson, Vice President- Food and Agribusiness, Compeer Financial

Speakers:
Cameron Dunn,
Managing Partner, Tillridge
John Goodreds, Managing Director, AGR Partners
Jim Schultz,
Founder, Chairman, Open Prairie

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Aaron Knewtson

Vice President - Food and Agribusiness, Compeer Financial

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Cameron Dunn

Managing Partner, Tillridge

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John Goodreds

Managing Director, AGR Partners

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Jim Schultz

Founder, Chairman, Open Prairie

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Breakout session I
14:20 - 15:10

Track A – Private investor's role in the U.S. hemp supply chain

Viki Radden, Christopher Chapman , Sean Doyle, Eric London, Chad Rosen, Shonda K. Warner

Legalization of industrial hemp in the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill cleared the way for a flurry of private investor activity. It remains unclear whether investment in industrial hemp could also bring more investors into booming market for CBD, an oil extract with no psychoactive properties. In this session we will explore:

  • Has the introduction of crop insurance for hemp made it likely the crop will be planted on institutionally owned farmland?
  • Have any institutional investors been tempted into jumping on the hemp/CBD bandwagon?
  • Can legal hemp lead to investment opportunities for the cannabis industry?

Moderator:
Viki Radden, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Honor Harvest

Speakers:
Christopher Chapman, Managing Director, Debt, AMERRA Capital
Sean Doyle, Senior Associate, Salveo Capital
Eric London, Partner, Tress Capital
Chad Rosen, Founder & CEO, Victory Hemp
Shonda K. Warner, Managing Partner, Chess Ag Full Harvest Partners LLC

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Viki Radden

Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Honor Harvest

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Christopher Chapman

Managing Director, Debt, Amerra Capital

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Sean Doyle

Senior Associate, Salveo Capital

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Eric London

Partner, Tress Capital

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Chad Rosen

Founder & CEO, Victory Hemp

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Shonda K. Warner

Managing Partner, Chess Ag Full Harvest Partners LLC

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14:20 - 15:10

Track B – Timber | Challenges, opportunities and the market response

Jim McBride, L. Richard Doelling, Robert Hagler

A variety of factors have conspired to frustrate timber managers’ efforts to meet return expectations for investment vehicles launched over the last decade. With the savviest mangers already working to redefine an asset class previously market by its tranquility, this session we explore:

  • What are the factors that have led to a slowdown in timber fundraising/activity?
  • How are managers looking to position timber within a broader societal focus on climate and ecosystem services?
  • Which regions and asset types are best positioned to benefit as focus shifts from wealth preservation to environmental preservation?

Moderator:
Jim McBride, Head of Distribution – Timberland Investment Group, BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group

Speakers:
L. Richard Doeling,
Director of Client Relations, Forest Investment Associates
Robert Hagler, Associate Director, Investor Relations, New Forests

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Jim McBride

Head of Distribution - Timberland Investment Group, BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group

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L. Richard Doelling

Director of Client Relations, Forest Investment Associates

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Robert Hagler

Associate Director, Investor Relations, New Forests

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Breakout session II
15:10 - 16:00

Track A – Organics | The active corner of the big market

Kellee James, Eric Jackson, Craig Wichner

With conventional wisdom having finally ruled consumers’ move towards organic and healthy offerings as more of a structural change than passing fad, investors have started to position themselves to benefit from this movement.  Our experts will investigate:

  • How are farmland mangers going about increasing organic acreage under their management?
  • How are PE investors / banks / other lenders supporting the 3-year transition to organic?
  • How will the role of organic imports change as domestic production continues to rise?

Moderator:
Kellee James, CEO, Mercaris

Speakers:
Eric Jackson, Founder & Chairman, Pipeline Foods
Craig Wichner, Managing Partner, Farmland LP

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Kellee James

CEO, Mercaris

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Eric Jackson

Founder & Chairman, Pipeline Foods

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Craig Wichner

Managing Partner, Farmland LP

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15:10 - 16:00

Track B – Aquaculture | PE’s role in this key emerging protein market

Chris Janiec, Tom Amis, Howard Tang

While it is clear farmed fish will play a greater role in meeting future protein demand, outside of regional pockets where the industry draws on a long-history, private equity’s role in the necessary build-out is only now coming into focus.  Issues that we will examine include:

  • What role can PE play in finding a balance between onshore / offshore approaches?
  • Which feed alternatives have attracted the most institutional investments and why?
  • What lessons and best practices can aquaculture glean from other livestock sectors?

Moderator:
Chris Janiec, Americas Editor, Agri Investor

Speakers:
Tom Amis, Senior Principal and Management Committee, Controlled Environment Foods, Equilibrium
Howard Tang, Managing Director, Lighthouse Finance

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Chris Janiec

Amercias Editor, Agri Investor

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Tom Amis

Senior Principal and Management Committee, Controlled Environment Foods, Equilibrium

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Howard Tang

Managing Director, Lighthouse Finance

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Afternoon sessions
16:00 - 16:20

Networking break

16:20 - 17:10

The LPs’ perspective | The agri investment process & fundamentals

Chris Morris, Barry Bogseth, Sarah Gal

The development of agriculture as an asset class has occurred alongside broader evolutions in the LP/GP dynamic. In this session, market participants will examine some of the factors influencing LP demand for exposure to ag and strategies that have deployed to manage the variety of risks and opportunities in the sector.

  • Has the debate surrounding where within an institutional portfolio agriculture should be housed finally been settled? If so, where?
  • What are the biggest internal obstacles for an LP interested in adding agriculture to its portfolio and how can they overcome these challenges?
  • What alternatives to closed-end fund structures most effectively ensure alignment on strategy, risk-management and returns?

Moderator:
Chris Morris, CFO, LandFund Partners

Speakers:
Barry Bogseth,
Managing Director – Agricultural Strategies Group, MetLife Investment Management
Sarah Gal,
Vice President, Callan

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Chris Morris

CFO, LandFund Partners

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Barry Bogseth

Managing Director – Agricultural Strategies Group, MetLife Investment Management

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Sarah Gal

Vice President, Callan

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17:10 - 18:10

Networking reception

Agenda

Day 2 - Wednesday 13th

General session
08:30 - 09:15

Registration and networking breakfast

09:15 - 09:20

PEI welcome

09:20 - 10:10

The state of play in US farmland

Daniel Kowalski, John Farris, Stavros Koutsantonis, Perry Vieth

The sharp drop in soybean exports to China has been only the most dramatic of a series of challenges facing farmland investors. Our speakers will weigh in on the following questions:

  • What risks / opportunities have been created by this spring’s unprecedented rains?
  • What role are private investors playing in reconfiguring the geography of crop production in the Americas?
  • How has /will the political noise surrounding agricultural trade impact strategy / fundraising prospects for farmland managers?

Moderator:
Daniel Kowalski, Vice President – Knowledge Exchange, CoBank

Speakers:
John Farris,
President & Founder, LandFund Partners
Stavros Koutsantonis, Managing Director, Conservation Resources
Perry Vieth, Founder & CEO, Ceres Partners

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Daniel Kowalski

Vice President – Knowledge Exchange, CoBank

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John Farris

President & Founder, LandFund Partners

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Stavros Koutsantonis

Managing Director, Conservation Resources

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Perry Vieth

Founder & CEO, Ceres Partners

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10:10 - 11:00

Ag & impact | Riding the regenerative wave

Joshua Humphreys, PhD., Alec Gorynski, David LeZaks, David Nicola, Mark D. Schindel

Agriculture finds itself at the center of a global conversation about climate, inequality and capitalism that is reaching a fever pitch. In this session, we will discuss:

  • What are the new sources of capital looking at agriculture as part of their approaches to climate and how best can mangers collaborate with them?
  • Which markets / sectors are best positioned to benefit from both traditional and impact-minded interest in agriculture?
  • To what degree are managers considering metrics to measure social impact as part of their “secret sauce” and which are most appropriate for ag?

Moderator:
Joshua Humphreys, PhD, President and Senior Fellow, Croatan Institute

Speakers:
Alec Gorynski, Vice President, Community Development and Corporate Philanthropy, First National Bank
David LeZaks, Lead-Regenerative Food Systems, Delta Institute
David Nicola, Founder & CEO, Blackdirt Farms
Mark D. Schindel, Chief Financial and Investment Officer, Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT

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Joshua Humphreys, PhD.

President and Senior Fellow, Croatan Institute

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Alec Gorynski

Vice President, Community Development and Corporate Philanthropy, First National Bank

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David LeZaks

Lead - Regenerative Food Systems, Delta Institute

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David Nicola

Founder & CEO, Blackdirt Farms

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Mark D. Schindel

Chief Financial and Investment Officer, Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT

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11:00 - 11:30

Networking break

11:30 - 12:20

Where to? | The next emerging markets for agri

Binyamin Ali, Justin Bruch, Bernardo Guillamon, Justin Kirchhoff, Miljan Ždrale

Farmland investment remains concentrated largely in a handful of mostly developed country markets, though structural realities dictate the asset class’ future is likely more global.  Which leads us to ask: where to next? In this session we will explore:

  • What are the next markets best-positioned for an increase in real asset-style farmland investments and why?
  • What are some of the motivations for the influx of impact and strategic investors and their influence on the market for Agri related business in the developed world?
  • What are some of the new avenues of collaboration with DFIs and which ones have been the most successful?

Moderator:
Binyamin Ali,
News Editor, Private Equity International

Speakers:
Justin Bruch,
President, Clear Frontier Ag Management
Bernardo Guillamon, Manager – Office of Outreach & Partnerships, IDB
Justin Kirchhoff, Managing Director – Head of Private Equity, Summit Agricultural Group
Miljan Ždrale, Associate Director and Regional Head of the Agribusiness, EBRD

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Binyamin Ali

News Editor, Private Equity International

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Justin Bruch

President, Clear Frontier Ag Management

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Bernardo Guillamon

Manager – Office of Outreach & Partnerships, IDB

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Justin Kirchhoff

Managing Director - Head of Private Equity, Summit Agricultural Group

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Miljan Ždrale

Associate Director and Regional Head of the Agribusiness, EBRD

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12:20 - 13:10

Water – case study | Defining’s PE role & how to assess new opportunities

Christopher Peacock, Corey Getz, Noah Sabich, Quint Shambaugh

Already integral to any conversation about agriculture anywhere, water is increasingly viewed as its own subsector, albeit one characterized by uniquely potent risk. Key topics that we will address during our case study will include:

  • Which investor types are best suited to support forward looking water investments?
  • How important is it for private fund executives to engage with quasi-public bodies that adjudicate water issues?
  • What have been SGMA’s effects on U.S. farmland markets thus far and how will the regulations shape U.S. agricultural production over the long-term?

Moderator:
Christopher Peacock, Chief Executive Officer, AQUAOSO

Speakers:
Corey Getz,
Chief Executive Officer, DIGS Associates
Noah Sabich, Managing Director, Cimbria Capital
Quint Shambaugh, Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board, DIGS Associates

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Christopher Peacock

Chief Executive Officer, AQUAOSO

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Corey Getz

Chief Executive Officer, DIGS Associates

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Noah Sabich

Managing Director, Cimbria Capital

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Quint Shambaugh

Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board, DIGS Associates

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13:10 - 14:10

Networking luncheon and end of conference

2019 speakers

Interested in speaking at the 2019 Forum?

Please contact Joan Moh at joan.m@peimedia.com or call +1 212 796 8322 ext 157

Binyamin Ali

News Editor, Private Equity International

In his role as news editor of Agri Investor, Binyamin has written about LP investments into agricultural real assets, the appetite and reasons behind investor interest in emerging markets in this space, and how fund structures are evolving to take ad… Read full bio

Tom Amis

Senior Principal and Management Committee, Controlled Environment Foods, Equilibrium

Tom Amis is Senior Principal of the Controlled Environment Foods Fund, a proprietary Equilibrium Capital strategy focused on controlled environment food and agriculture. Equilibrium Capital innovates and manages sustainability-driven real asset inves… Read full bio

Atish Babu

Vice President, Agriculture Capital Management

Atish is part of the product development team, and is chartered with Agriculture Capital’s continued development of fund strategies in the sustainable agriculture sector. Prior to joining Agriculture Capital, Atish was a founding partner at Omnivore… Read full bio

Barry Bogseth

Managing Director – Agricultural Strategies Group, MetLife Investment Management

Barry L. Bogseth is head of MetLife Investment Management's agricultural strategies group. He was named to this position in January 2014. In this role, he is responsible for management of the company's agricultural loan portfolio with oversight of lo… Read full bio

Greg Bohlen

Managing Partner, Union Grove Venture Partners

Greg Bohlen co-founded Union Grove Venture Partners in 2014. Prior to that, he joined Morgan Creek in 2011 to extend Morgan Creek’s venture exposure. Greg’s experience and relationships in the venture capital and investment banking communities have b… Read full bio

Justin Bruch

President, Clear Frontier Ag Management

Justin is the President, Chief Investment Officer & Co-founder of Clear Frontier Ag Management. He brings decades of expertise, at a global scale, in both sustainable farming and institutional investment management. At Clear Frontier Ag Management, J… Read full bio

Christopher Chapman

Managing Director, Debt, Amerra Capital

Chris leverages more than 30 years of experience to provide the financing needed for agribusinesses to thrive in underserved markets. This experience includes building investment portfolios across the capital structure from scratch at Deutsche Bank,… Read full bio

David Chattleton

Managing Partner, Tiverton Advisors

David is the Founder and Managing Partner of Tiverton. He founded the firm in 2013 and has over 20 years and $65 billion worth of transaction experience. Prior to founding Tiverton, David spent 10 years at Morgan Stanley where he was most recently a… Read full bio

L. Richard Doelling

Director of Client Relations, Forest Investment Associates

Dick was one of the very early principals of FIA, joining the firm in 1989. He advocated the investment merits of timber to the institutional investment world for the next decade and was instrumental in timber becoming an accepted asset class. Dick h… Read full bio

Sean Doyle

Senior Associate, Salveo Capital

Sean Doyle joined Salveo Capital in 2018. Prior to joining, Sean supported another cannabis venture capital fund providing due diligence, portfolio optimization, and cannabis industry analysis with a focus on agtech, tech, health & wellness, financia… Read full bio

Cameron Dunn

Managing Partner, Tillridge

Cameron Dunn is a Managing Partner of Tillridge, where he concentrates on the firm’s efforts in sourcing investments, transaction analysis, and execution as well as the monitoring of portfolio companies. Prior to Tillridge, Cameron was a Principal at… Read full bio

John Farris

President & Founder, LandFund Partners

Before starting LandFund Partners, Mr. Farris served as an economist at the Center for Economics Research at the Research Triangle Institute, as well as a senior economics consultant with both the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation.… Read full bio

Sarah Gal

Vice President, Callan

Sarah Gal is a Vice President within Callan's Real Assets Consulting Group. She has deep experience working with large public pension fund clients, insurance companies, endowments and foundations, and defined contribution clients. Her role includes t… Read full bio

Rich Gammill

Managing Partner, Proterra Investment Partners

Mr. Gammill is the Managing Partner of Proterra Investment Partners and serves as a member of its Management Committee. In addition, Mr. Gammill co-heads the firm’s Food investment strategy and leads its Credit investment strategy. Prior to Proterra,… Read full bio

Corey Getz

Chief Executive Officer, DIGS Associates

Mr. Getz has over 12 years of experience in the farming and agriculture industry. Mr. Getz studied at Indiana State University on a baseball scholarship. Early in his career, he pursued an opportunity with the world’s largest plastic pipe company whi… Read full bio

John Goodreds

Managing Director, AGR Partners

John Goodreds is an MD with AGR Partners, which makes non-controlling structured equity investments in leading agricultural value-chain companies, primarily in the US. John has been part of the AGR leadership team and investment committee since incep… Read full bio

Alec Gorynski

Vice President, Community Development and Corporate Philanthropy, First National Bank

Alec Gorynski is a community development investor/funder, technical expert, and leader with over a decade of experience across private, nonprofit, and government sectors. Currently he serves as the Vice President of Community Development and Corporat… Read full bio

Bernardo Guillamon

Manager – Office of Outreach & Partnerships, IDB

Bernardo Guillamon is the manager of the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Office of Outreach and Partnerships. From 2007 until July 2008, he oversaw the operational program in the Integration and Trade Sector (INT), developing and managing its… Read full bio

Robert Hagler

Associate Director, Investor Relations, New Forests

Robert Hagler leads investor relations for New Forests’ US strategies and clients. Bob has more 30 years of experience in all aspects of forestry and timberland investments. Prior to joining New Forests, Bob was Principal of ForestEdge, LLC, a Regist… Read full bio

Amy Hauke

Director – Private Equity, BMO Wealth Management

Amy is a Director on the BMO Wealth Management private equity team. She manages relationships with a select number of clients and works out of the BMO’s Chicago office. Previously Amy spent ten years as a private markets institutional investment cons… Read full bio

Joshua Humphreys, PhD.

President and Senior Fellow, Croatan Institute

Joshua Humphreys is President and Senior Fellow of Croatan Institute and Co-Founder and Senior Strategist of the Organic Agriculture Revitalization Strategy (OARS). A leading authority on sustainable, responsible, and impact investing, and an outspok… Read full bio

Eric Jackson

Founder & Chairman, Pipeline Foods

Eric Jackson, Founder & Chairman of Pipeline Foods, LLC, is a developer of sustainable supply chains in agriculture. Pipeline Foods is a partnership between professional management and institutional capital with a mandate to address underdeveloped va… Read full bio

Kellee James

CEO, Mercaris

Prior to Mercaris, Kellee spent five years at the start-up company Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), the first electronic trading platform and registry for spot, futures and options on carbon, sulfur, clean energy and other environmental derivatives. I… Read full bio

Chris Janiec

Amercias Editor, Agri Investor

Chris Janiec is a reporter with Agri Investor and previously wrote about non-bank finance for Private Debt Investor. A graduate of the NYU Center for Global Affairs, Janiec is also a member of the Carnegie New Leaders and the National Committee on Un… Read full bio

Justin Kirchhoff

Managing Director - Head of Private Equity, Summit Agricultural Group

Mr. Kirchhoff is a Managing Director and Head of Private Equity for Summit Agricultural Group. In this capacity, he is primarily focused on overall investment execution and management related to various funds and portfolio investments in both the Uni… Read full bio

Aaron Knewtson

Vice President - Food and Agribusiness, Compeer Financial

Aaron Knewtson joined Compeer Financial in 2004 and has provided both public and private financing. Aaron also represents Compeer’s leadership role in developing junior capital funds licensed under the USDA’s Rural Business Investment Program. Aaron’… Read full bio

Stavros Koutsantonis

Managing Director, Conservation Resources

Stavros Koutsantonis joined Conservation Resources in 2017 to lead the implementation of the firm’s agriculture-focused investment program as Managing Director. He joined Conservation Resources from Brookfield Asset Management where he was a director… Read full bio

Daniel Kowalski

Vice President – Knowledge Exchange, CoBank

Dan Kowalski is an economist and Vice President of CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange research division. Dan leads a team of industry analysts that produces research for the agricultural and infrastructure industries that CoBank serves. Dan also provides co… Read full bio

David LeZaks

Lead - Regenerative Food Systems, Delta Institute

Dr. David LeZaks leads the Regenerative Food Systems initiative at Delta Institute, a Chicago based non-profit, where he manages a portfolio of projects that focuses on building a more regenerative economy. He designs disruptive infrastructure that w… Read full bio

Eric London

Partner, Tress Capital

Eric London is a Partner with Tress Capital, LLC, where he is involved in deal qualification, conducting due diligence, transaction execution, portfolio monitoring, and portfolio management. Eric brings over 18 years of private equity and investment… Read full bio

Pamela G. Marrone, PhD.

Chief Executive Officer, Founder, Marrone Bio Innovations

Dr. Marrone is currently CEO/Founder of Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI), a company she started in 2006 to discover and develop bio-based products for pest management and plant health. On August 2, 2013, MBI listed its stock as MBII on NASDAQ. The compa… Read full bio

Jim McBride

Head of Distribution - Timberland Investment Group, BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group

Jim McBride is Head of Timberland Distribution and Relationship Management at BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group (TIG). He is responsible for the development and distribution of Company timberland funds. Prior to TIG, he was with Columbia Manage… Read full bio

Chris Morris

CFO, LandFund Partners

Mr. Morris is Chief Financial Officer and founding team member of LandFund Partners. Mr. Morris received his Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Economics from Centre College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude. At Centre, Mr. Mor… Read full bio

Dr. David Muth

Senior Vice President, Peoples Company

David Muth is the Managing Partner for Alternative Equity Advisors, the capital deployment affiliate for Peoples Company. David is an entrepreneur building businesses that focus on agriculture data service technologies, creating economic opportunitie… Read full bio

David Nicola

Founder & CEO, Blackdirt Farms

David J. Nicola is the Founder of Blackdirt Farms, a leading regenerative agriculture operations and production business with a focus on grassfed beef production in the Eastern U.S. Blackdirt Farms partners with investors to purchase undervalued and… Read full bio

Eric O’Brien

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Fall Line Capital

Eric O'Brien is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Fall Line Capital, a private equity firm focused on farmland and agricultural technology investments. Eric brings over 20 years of professional investment, financial services and operating experienc… Read full bio

Danny O’Malley

The Presiplant and Founder, Before the Butcher, Inc

Considered one of a handful of experts in the emerging plant-based protein world, Danny O’Malley founded Before the Butcher in September of 2017. As it’s Presiplant and Founder, his responsibilities include the image and development of this plant-bas… Read full bio

Christopher Peacock

Chief Executive Officer, AQUAOSO

Chris Peacock has been working in the water sector for 20-years helping organizations make better data driven decisions. He is the founder and CEO of AQUAOSO Technologies, a software-as-a-service company that helps the agricultural economy research l… Read full bio

Viki Radden

Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Honor Harvest

Ms. Radden is a noteworthy innovator and passionate proponent of the integration of agriculture and technology. She is the founder and CEO of Honor Harvest (HH) LLC, a sustainable technology and agriculture consultancy. HH’s mission is the potent res… Read full bio

Anna Rath, PhD.

President, Chief Executive Officer, Vestaron

Anna joined Vestaron as President & CEO and as Board member in April 2018, bringing more than a decade of experience across multiple venture-backed ag-tech companies. Before that, Anna founded and led as CEO the company NexSteppe to develop and comme… Read full bio

Greg Richards

Managing Director, Arable Capital Partners

Greg Richards is responsible for general management and overseeing all acquisitions and ongoing operations or Arable Capital Partners. Mr. Richards is also a co-founder and a managing director at HarvestWest Investments, a fund put together to invest… Read full bio

Chad Rosen

Founder & CEO, Victory Hemp

For more than three years, Chad Rosen has led the growth of Victory Hemp as founder and CEO and worked as an advocate industry-wide within the U.S. hemp grain supply chain and market. He has initiated product development, manufacturing and products t… Read full bio

Noah Sabich

Managing Director, Cimbria Capital

Mr. Sabich is a Managing Director and a founding member of Cimbria Capital. He is based in Houston, Texas and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prior to joining Cimbria Capital, Mr. Sabich was the Director of Sustainability and Statesmanship at Rasmussen Public… Read full bio

Ivan Saval

Managing Director – Agribusiness & Food Investment Banking, National Securities Corp.

Mr. Ivan Saval is responsible for providing capital markets and financial advisory services to the agribusiness and food related industries at National Securities Corporation, a full service investment bank. He was formerly a Managing Director with t… Read full bio

Mark D. Schindel

Chief Financial and Investment Officer, Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT

Mark Schindel has over 30 years of experience building and managing entrepreneurial businesses in a wide variety of industries. At Iroquois Valley, Mark has responsibility for financial systems and reporting, budgeting and forecasting, reviewing new… Read full bio

Jim Schultz

Founder, Chairman, Open Prairie

Jim Schultz is the founder of Open Prairie and is responsible for the management of four private equity funds with investments in innovative technologies spanning agriculture, medical devices, and information systems. Funds invested by Open Prairie h… Read full bio

Quint Shambaugh

Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board, DIGS Associates

Mr. Shambaugh has over 10 years of experience and is an acknowledged specialist in the farming and agriculture industry. He holds a degree in Business Management from Purdue University. Prior to co-founding DIGS Associates, Mr. Shambaugh founded a dr… Read full bio

Jamie Shen

Chief Investment Officer, PGIM Agricultural Investments

Jamie Shen is the Chief Investment Officer of PGIM Agricultural Investments. In this role, she leads the equity team in managing the portfolio of agricultural properties. Jamie is located in San Francisco. Prior to joining Prudential in 2017, Jamie w… Read full bio

Ray Smith

Vice President, Investment and Business Strategy, AgLaunch

Ray is Vice President of Strategy and Investment of AgLaunch Initiatives which is a platform for helping farmers and those that serve them engage in the next generation of agricultural opportunities through building a network of farmer-owned data, fu… Read full bio

Howard Tang

Managing Director, Lighthouse Finance

Howard is a Managing Partner at Lighthouse Finance responsible for the Global Capital Markets team. Lighthouse is a boutique investment and advisory firm focused on financing the entire value chain of the seafood industry particularly in aquaculture.… Read full bio

Perry Vieth

Founder & CEO, Ceres Partners

Perry Vieth devotes his entire time towards managing the properties of Ceres Farms including financial, legal, accounting, hedging and investor relations. Formerly he served for ten years as CIO of Fixed Income & Currency at PanAgora Asset Management… Read full bio

Shonda K. Warner

Managing Partner, Chess Ag Full Harvest Partners LLC

Chess Ag Full Harvest Partners and the Full Harvest Agricultural Opportunities suite of funds and managed accounts were founded by Shonda Warner in 2006. Warner has thirty years of experience in managing various forms of agricultural products and fin… Read full bio

Craig Wichner

Managing Partner, Farmland LP

Craig Wichner founded Farmland LP in 2009 and is responsible for day-to-day management, business strategy and all investment activity. Craig is a seasoned executive with nearly 30 years of experience building companies, such as Depotech, which develo… Read full bio

Miljan Ždrale

Associate Director and Regional Head of the Agribusiness, EBRD

Miljan Ždrale is a Head of EBRD’s Agribusiness for Central and South East Europe as part of Industry, Commerce and Agribusiness Group in the Banking division. Since 2002 when he joined EBRD, Miljan participated/led, in Agribusiness only, more than 40… Read full bio
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