In-House Research Leads to Investment Success

Research plays a crucial role in all phases of our investment process from acquisitions to property management to dispositions. Our research publications are used to educate potential investors, while keeping our current clients informed of topics relevant to their portfolio.

All of our in-house research publications are accessible to the public.


The drought in California and potential implications for almond markets

California is currently experiencing a major drought year that represents a significant challenge to its agricultural sector. Almonds are the third-largest crop by value in the state, and California almond production represents nearly 100% of U.S. commercial supply and 80% of global almond production.


July 2021, Rising prices are encouraging U.S. farmers to plant more row crops in 2021

The strong recovery of the U.S. economy from the COVID-19 pandemic has fueled higher price levels across a wide range of sectors in the U.S. economy. In June 2021, the U.S. economy reported its biggest inflation jump in 13 years, at 5.4% from a year earlier.


July 2021, Growing agricultural investment opportunities in Chile

Chile is a leading producer and exporter of a wide range of high-value crops, with its Southern Hemisphere location enabling harvest when few regions of the world provide fresh supplies.


March 2021, Research Note: Opportunities at the Intersection of Carbon Markets and Agriculture

Increasing numbers of corporations and other organizations are making firm commitments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to help mitigate the pace of future climate change, some specifically targeting net-zero emissions over the next ten to twenty years.


March 2021, Farmland Investor Report: U.S. Farmland Returns Remained Challenged in 2020

U.S. private farmland investments generated a total return of 3.1% in 2020 as reported by the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF), dropping 173 basis points (bps) from the prior year.


January 2021, Agriculture Flash Report: New Administration’s Economic Priorities Bode Well for U.S. Agriculture Sector in 2021

As the Biden administration takes the reins in Washington, the U.S. agricultural sector is showing renewed positive momentum. By mid-January, futures prices for key agricultural commodities that comprised 48% of U.S. crop revenue in 2019, corn, wheat and soybeans, had risen to their highest levels since 2014, and cash prices received by farmers have surged.


December 2020, Farmland Investor Report: Managing Natural Risks in Agriculture

Major weather events in 2019 and 2020 resulted in significant crop loss, triggering investor questions as to whether we are caught in an escalating trend of climate-change driven weather events. Major flooding in the U.S. Midwest in the spring of 2019 resulted in delayed and prevented planting.


Research Note December 2020: Farmland Plus: Opportunities in the Agricultural Value Chain

The agriculture value chain begins with farm inputs and extends to the consumer, encompassing growing, processing, marketing and distribution of the full range of agricultural products. The complete farm to consumer value chain is estimated to have contributed $1.1 trillion to U.S. GDP in 2019.1


Research Note November 2020: Permanent Crop Investment Opportunities

Permanent crop investments are characterized by farmland and biological assets such as perennial trees, vines, and shrubs, which produce multi-year harvests, and represent a major subset of agricultural investment.


November 12, Natural Resource Flash Report, Farmland: Resilience Under Uncertainty

As the world moves into the final quarter of a tumultuous 2020, signs of a global recovery are emerging, following on one of the sharpest and deepest economic downturns experienced since the Great Depression. The financial markets sustained seismic shocks in the first quarter of the year as global economic activities came to a halt.

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