Agriculture Capital Releases 2019 Impact Report
Investment group reports environmental, social, and economic metrics aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals
Portland, OR – Agriculture Capital has released its third annual Impact Report, measuring the positive impact of its regenerative management practices on the environment, economy, and labor force. In addition to delivering financial returns in a traditional context, Agriculture Capital is a leader in the quantification of food system impact and the integration of those measures into investment and management practices. Agriculture Capital invests in vertically integrated permanent crop operations that span over 18,500 acres of table grapes, blueberries, hazelnuts and citrus in California, Oregon and Australia.
Building on the foundation of responsible management principles detailed in previous reports, Agriculture Capital frames its accomplishments and progress in its latest impact report in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Project Drawdown climate stability solutions, and the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investment.
The Agriculture Capital 2019 report reveals encouraging data, proving out the multi-dimensional value of regenerative practices and their ability to restore thriving ecosystems, while managing industry risks present in the agriculture sector. The value of goods and services provided by natural ecosystems can be measured in dollar terms, similar to the goods and services provided by producers in a traditional market. Using 2018 data, Earth Economics completed a limited scope evaluation of key practices on three of Agriculture Capital’s farms, projecting a net present value of millions of dollars in ecosystem service function over the next ten years in the form of soil conservation, water quality, and pest control.
“With our third impact report, we humbly continue our efforts to tell the growing story of how a regenerative food system can support people, ecosystems, and the future of business,” said Wood Turner, senior vice president of Agriculture Capital. “We are committed to being transparent about the opportunities created by focusing on positive impact and advancing a larger conversation about the real value of purposeful investing.”
Analyzing key areas of water use, soil health, energy use, pollinator and beneficial insect health, plastic reduction, waste, chemical use, and community and workforce support, the data in this report detail how Agriculture Capital’s operations are improving the way in which agricultural systems impact the planet and human health. A salient example of positive impacts includes measured improvements in native pollinator restoration across Agriculture Capital’s Oregon blueberry farms, which showed an increase in total wild pollinators by 232% from 2016 to 2018, a key indicator of ecosystem health. Additionally, Agriculture Capital has reported significant improvement in water and energy efficiency across its vertically integrated citrus packing operations from 2017 to 2018. For complete data and commentary, please read Agriculture Capital’s 2019 Impact report.
About Agriculture Capital
ACM Management Company, LLC, also referred to as Agriculture Capital, or AC, invests in permanent farmland and synergistic midstream assets to create a vertically integrated enterprise that grows, packs and markets high-value produce. With more than 18,500 acres of grapes, citrus, blueberries and nuts managed across California, Oregon and Australia, Agriculture Capital seeks to model a food system that produces consumer-loved food at scale, delivers healthy returns to investors, and makes a difference in local communities. We seek to partner with nature and infuse regenerative management practices into a rapidly evolving food system to pursue our vision of a world where everyone has access to better, healthier food. ACM Management Company is an investment advisor, registered with the SEC.
To learn more, visit www.agriculturecapital.com.
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