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.


November 2: Agriculture Natural Risks Flash Report

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 that will continually challenge future farmland operations.


September 2020, Climate Change Adaptation and Canadian Agriculture: Potential Investment Opportunities

Average global temperatures have been trending higher for the last few decades, and more than 90% of climate scientists attribute global warming to an increase in the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere generated by human activity.


September 2020, Farmland Investor Report: Corn and Almonds Highlight Key Trends in 2020/21 Farm Sector

Corn is the largest U.S. annual crop and almonds take first place in U.S. permanent crops, with average annual production over the past five marketing years averaging $49 billion and $6 billion respectively. The U.S. is the world’s largest producer and exporter of both crops.


June 2020, Natural Resource Flash Report: Timberland-Farmland: Resilience under Uncertainty

After nearly three months since the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a pandemic on March 11th, 2020, enough statistical economic information has accumulated to start gauging the tolls on global economic activities during the pandemic so far.


June 2020, The Promise of Regenerative Agriculture: Environmental and Operational Benefits of Conservation Tillage and Cover Cropping

Over the past two decades, global farming practices have been changing rapidly, responding to the need to stay competitive in increasingly global markets while adapting to changing consumer behavior. Consumers have become increasingly aware and sensitive to the environmental impacts resulting from growing, processing and delivering the food products they buy. Major food companies are responding to their customers and are increasingly tracking and documenting the sourcing of the farm products they use, to be able to demonstrate that they were produced in a sustainable manner with farming practices that minimize negative impacts on the environment.


June 2020, Farmland Investor Report: A Quarterly Update on Conditions in Farmland and Farmland Markets

The recently published (March 2020) USDA Prospective Plantings Report estimated increases in planted U.S. acreage in 2020. The expanded planted area should boost supply expectations in a year with significant economic headwinds. U.S. corn, soybean, and rice acres are expected to increase this year, partially offset by reduced cotton and wheat acreage.


May 2020, Agriculture and Farmland Market Outlook: COVID-19 Scenario Analysis

Measures taken to combat the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to give rise to a major economic correction worldwide in 2020, and the 2020 economic downturn in the U.S. and globally may be one of the deepest on record. Even with the passage and implementation of the CARES Act and the U.S. Federal Reserve’s emergency provision of extra liquidity to the U.S. economy, forecasts as of April 23rd for the Q2 2020 U.S. inflation-adjusted GDP range from -25 percent to -45 percent, SAAR.


April 1, Farmland Flash Report: Potential Impacts of COVID-19 on Major U.S. Agricultural Markets

COVID-19 containment efforts are interrupting consumption and supply patterns across the world, with agriculture markets, production and shipments also feeling the impacts of the pandemic. Commodity markets have been characterized by significantly higher volatility, mirroring trends in financial markets, and have been driven by investors and traders seeking increased liquidity. Among commodities, prices for energy and mineral commodities have experienced more dramatic declines than agricultural commodities.


March 2020, Natural Resource Flash Report, Timberland-Farmland: Resilience under Uncertainty

As COVID-19 spreads beyond the borders of China and surges in documented cases of infection were reported in Iran, Korea, Japan, Italy, the U.S. and numerous other countries, financial markets reacted dramatically. In the last week of February 2020, the U.S. stock markets suffered the largest weekly losses since the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, with the S&P 500 falling nearly 12%.


March 10, 2020, Farmland Flash Report: COVID-19 Potential Impacts to Global Agricultural Markets

The dramatic spread of the COVID-19 virus in China and the more recent appearance of COVID-19 cases and fatalities in an increasing number of countries has sparked major corrections in global commodity and financial markets.

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