Agriculture Capital Releases 2019 Impact Report Regenerative agriculture investment group reports on progress to improve ag impact and resilience
Portland, OR – Agriculture Capital has released its fourth annual Impact Report. Building on its three previous reports, the latest report highlights progress made at each of Agriculture Capital’s sixteen farms and seven facilities in 2019 across nearly 150 performance metrics, spanning worker safety, soil health, carbon greenhouse and particulate emissions, and more. Recognized by Global AgInvesting as one of the top 30 Farmland Ag Investors1, Agriculture Capital invests in vertically integrated permanent crop operations that span nearly 20,000 acres of table grapes, blueberries, hazelnuts and citrus in California, Oregon, Washington, and Australia.
Given the historic events of early 2020, the report pays special attention to the future of work in food supply chains and on the benefits to scaling up access to foods that can regenerate landscapes and human health. “In this fourth in a series of impact updates, we wanted to continue to bring transparency to what it takes to build a culture that respects, protects and retains the integrity of the workers and working landscapes that are essential to functioning and future-friendly food systems,” said Wood Turner, senior vice president of Agriculture Capital. Topline progress includes 13,288 metric tons of CO2e sequestered annually, 20% average increase in soil organic matter, a 7.9% decrease in per acre farm energy use, and a 0.3% reduction in per acre farm water usage across Agriculture Capital’s managed assets. “We are committed to bringing fresh thinking to the humbling endeavor that is food system management and to showing the forward progress that a regenerative approach can deliver,” Turner notes.
“Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals have been an integral part of our strategy and investment mandate since Agriculture Capital’s beginning, and we see this focus as critical to both managing risk and supporting long-term value creation through thoughtful resource stewardship.” said Tom Avinelis, co-Managing Director, Agriculture Capital. Delivering impact with sustainability and the opportunity to address climate change, while feeding a growing global population, the agricultural sector is expected to continue to provide an integral opportunity for investors to meet their ESG goals.
Placing nearly five years of impact data within the evolving context of 2020’s societal, food supply chain and public health risks, the latest report specifically highlights Agriculture Capital’s investments and work to rebuild soil health and restore wild pollinator systems on its blueberry farms.
For complete data and commentary, please read Agriculture Capital’s 2019 Impact report.