Address: 12119 Stratford Drive, Suite B, Clive, IA, 50325
Steve Bruere is a nationally recognized leader in agricultural real estate and serves as the President of Peoples Company, a farmland brokerage, management, appraisal, and investment firm headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Throughout Steve’s tenure, Peoples Company has rapidly transformed from a small-town real estate firm in central Iowa into a full-service agricultural land transaction firm serving the country’s largest landowners, with a presence in all premier agricultural regions across the U.S.
Peoples Company’s core businesses are enhanced by Steve’s innovative ventures to capitalize on the financialization of the farmland asset class. These ventures include mAgma, a digital crowdfunding farmland investment platform; PC Ag Tech, which invests in ag-based business incubators and early-stage ag technology companies; and Alternative Equity Advisors, a real asset investment firm specializing in the acquisition and management of farmland under separate account structures for institutions and high-net-worth individuals.
Steve is a prominent voice in agriculture and highly sought after by national media for his expertise. He has utilized his extensive farmland knowledge to advocate for the industry and to collaborate with other leaders in agriculture. Steve has built a reputation as a national leader in sustainable agriculture through his efforts in helping launch Leading Harvest, the first comprehensive sustainability standard for U.S. farmland. He also serves as a trustee for the Iowa Nature Conservancy and member of Governor Reynolds’ Carbon Sequestration Task Force, and previously co-chaired Iowa’s Water Future Task Force.
Seeking to connect diverse stakeholders in agriculture, Steve established the Land Investment Expo in 2008. The Expo is known by industry insiders as a ‘must-attend’, premier event that serves as a critical venue to set the tone for the industry each year. Participants are exposed to a range of professional perspectives as controversial industry topics are addressed and debated. Steve has developed a vast network and built numerous long-lasting relationships by securing five-star presenters and keynote speakers such as presidential historian Jon Meacham, Skybridge Capital founder Anthony Scaramucci, famed businesswoman Martha Stewart, entrepreneur Kevin O’Leary, pop icon and humorist Ben Stein, President Donald J. Trump, and business legend T. Boone Pickens.
Steve’s enthusiasm for farmland began as a child on his family’s farm in Warren County, Iowa. His love and insight for farmland recently inspired him to break ground on Middlebrook, Iowa’s first agrihood, with the goal of uniting agriculture and urban development. Steve and his family live near this neighborhood and remain involved with his family’s farm, where they grow corn, soybeans, and organic produce under the Middlebrook Organics and Farmer Food brands.