Eric is a Principal at Agriculture Capital, with responsibility across our sustainable agriculture strategies. He is a key member and developer of our permanent crop strategy, Agriculture Capital Permanent Crops, LLC, investing in permanent cropland and midstream assets to create a vertically integrated, sustainable farming enterprise that grows, packs and markets high-value produce.
Eric has spent his career developing farmland in the Pacific Northwest. As COO of the NW Division of AgriCare INC Eric has developed industry leading farming practices, specifically building organic growing systems that facilitate the scalability of organic berries. Eric has sourced, developed and managed over 6000 acres of permanent crop farmland in the NW during his 21 year career. While at Evergreen Agricultural, Eric directed operations, development and sales of over 2000 acres of Christmas trees. In addition to the Christmas trees, he developed and managed over 800 acres of organic berries.
As an industry leader and expert Eric, participates and speaks at conferences on the subject of permanent crop farm land development that values financial, environmental and social impacts. He co-authored with top researchers at OSU an economic study on Establishing and Producing Organic Berries in the Willamette Valley. Eric has participated in two trade-mission trips to Asia promoting crops from the NW. He has also spent many hours representing the industry at both the state and federal levels. In 2009 Eric lead the successful efforts to acquire emergency funding, from the state of Oregon to study the then new invasive pest, Spotted Wing Drosophila.
Eric serves as:
Vice-Chairman of the Oregon Blueberry Commission, former Chairman
Advisor to NWERC, OSU/North Willamette Education and Research facility
Advisor to OSU on organic permanent crop production and economic research