Rising interest in the farmland asset class, coupled with the need for outside capital to finance land purchases led Peoples Company to develop a proactive Land Investment Program that identifies investment grade opportunities for investors. Peoples Company tailors its land investment strategies to engage a broad array of capital sources, deliver flexible and robust options for raising capital, and provide customized solutions for each asset. Our affiliates – Alternative Equity Advisors, Ag Capital Advisors, DST Farms, and mAgma – strategically enhance and execute these opportunities, positioning Peoples Company as one of the few full-service land transactions firms in the country.
Alternative Equity Advisors (AEA) is a real asset investment firm specializing in the acquisition and management of agricultural assets for private investors such as family offices, endowments, foundations, high net worth individuals, and institutional investment firms who seek direct ownership in U.S. farmland. AEA acquires each asset in accordance with the client-directed investment mandate and manages farmland assets for each client on a separate account basis. AEA’s asset management platform implements value-added production strategies, including organic and regenerative agriculture, sustainable sourcing, and data-driven agriculture.
Ag Capital Advisors (ACA) is a loan origination and financial solutions firm for complex, agriculture-based businesses. ACA assists borrowers in identifying a loan that fits their needs from a network of agricultural lenders that include servicers for Farmer Mac loans such as Zions Ag Finance, institutional lenders such as MetLife, and various regional and community banks. ACA also offers high yield, structured financing solutions for landowners seeking capital to transition their businesses, recapitalize their balance sheets, or fund operational expansions.
DST Farms is a sponsor of Delaware Statutory Trust (DST) investment vehicles, focused on a first-of-its-kind offering in the farmland asset class. DST Farms enables Section 1031 exchange investors to engage in farmland investment opportunities that have the potential to deliver above-market returns and long-term capital appreciation, while simultaneously mitigating investment risk and implementing sustainable land management and farming practices. Before DST Farms’ launch, the $3 billion Section 1031 exchange market entirely lacked farmland investment opportunities.
mAgma is a digital farmland marketplace that offers investment opportunities in high-quality U.S. farmland while simultaneously providing an alternative equity source for landowners. mAgma sponsors the acquisition and management of farmland and increases access to the farmland asset class by providing retail investors the opportunity to purchase units of professionally managed farmland investments at low investment amounts with competitive, diversified returns.
Peoples Company is proactive and works hard to anticipate the needs of those in the agricultural sector. We strive to provide valuable research and content to the farmland market and our clients.
This thought-provoking paper asserts that changing demographics is driving a trend by next-generation landowners to manage for appreciation and create sustainability through socially responsible farming.
With around 10% of all farmland changing hands in the next few years, farm succession planning is no longer optional, it’s essential. The future of farmland ownership is set to look very different in the coming years.
Mercaris surveyed 109 certified organic landowners and renters across the country, concentrated in the Corn Belt and East Coast, about their cash rental values to determine if certified organic land values differed from conventional land values within these regions.
There are very few reliable sources of data to compare land values across the country. As the financialization of farmland picks up steam, the need to evaluate various regions and asset types in agriculture is becoming more important than ever.