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25 – May – 2022

Continual Progress Drives NC Farmer Owen Peele

The warm winds of early May whipped across Elizabeth City, North Carolina, reaching gusts of more than 20 miles per hour. The 492-foot-tall wind turbines that dot the landscape don’t seem to mind. Neither do the fields of quick-growing ryegrass that local farmer Owen Peele planted as a cover crop to control erosion and reduce […]
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In the News
23 – May – 2022

Company Interview: Farmland Partners Inc. (NYSE:FPI)

The Wall Street Transcript: Let’s talk about the overall strategy as a company. REITs are plentiful in many areas of real estate like industrial, multi-family, medical, retail, office, and so on. Farming isn’t usually one of the regular choices. How would you compare and contrast the approach you’re taking versus more common routes that REITs […]
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In the News
15 – May – 2022

Midlands Voices: You Can’t Spell ‘Farmers’ Without ‘E’ and ‘S’

ESG is a lot more than a Wall Street acronym. It is dominating board room discussions and business decisions in publicly traded companies across the country, and it is one reason U.S. businesses were so quick to turn their backs on Russia after Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine. ESG stands for Environment, Social, and Governance, and […]
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FPI Insights
20 – Apr – 2022

Farmland: Putting the Fun in Fungible

Amazon has been busy shopping – not shopping at malls, but shopping for malls. The company snapped up approximately 25 malls between 2016 and 2019, converting them to fulfilment centers, according to an NBC News report from April 2021. It’s an interesting case study about reimagining space that was underutilized after more shoppers turned to […]
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In the News
25 – Mar – 2022

This Colorado CEO Grew a Farmland REIT Into a Billion-Dollar Public Company

Paul Pittman brought a combination of Midwestern farming and corporate finance together in a public company in Denver. He’s the top executive of one of the few companies connecting the world of finance to farming and agriculture, a real estate company that’s a landlord to tenant farmers around the country and allows investors to benefit […]
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In the News
10 – Mar – 2022

Wise: A Thousand Acres is for Investing, Not Fighting

Jane Smiley, a former English professor at Iowa State University, wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about an Iowa farm family in the 1970s feuding over control of 1,000 acres. The Shakespearean drama that unfolded in the fictitious A Thousand Acres could be expected given the rapid increase in farmland values at the time. U.S. farmland […]
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FPI Insights
04 – Mar – 2022

Farm Level Decisions Made by Farmers Benefit All

Our CEO recently addressed two groups of farm leaders at the Colorado Agriculture Forum and the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives. The farmers in the audience were quite curious about farmland investing – especially as people turn to farmland as a hedge against inflationary pressures – and how it might affect their livelihoods. Put more […]
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FPI Insights
16 – Feb – 2022

Sharpe-ning Our Pencil on Risk

Investors sometimes use what’s known as a Sharpe ratio to compare an investment’s returns to its risk. Named for the Nobel Prize-winning economist who created it – William F. Sharpe – it’s essentially a reward-to-risk calculation where the biggest ratios are prized because they signal higher risk-adjusted returns. The figure can be particularly helpful in […]
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In the News
27 – Jan – 2022

Pittman: Farmland – a Smart, Sustainable Investment

When a United Airlines plane carrying 100 people from Chicago landed in the nation’s capital in December, it became the world’s first commercial flight to operate an engine entirely with sustainable aviation fuel, or SAF. For production agriculture, which continues to be dominated by family-owned enterprises, this feat reflects much more than a fun fact […]
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