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Agriculture Capital Releases 2019 Impact Report
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Jan 11, 2021
Regenerative agriculture investment group reports on progress to improve 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. 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.
As regenerative agriculture practitioners, Agriculture Capital places soil health and responsible land management at the core of its investment strategy. Boosting soil carbon, reducing soil loss and nutrient transport, increasing soil retention, and enriching soil life is central to facilitating rich, healthy soils that sustain long-term productivity and robust crop yields. Topline progress reported in 2019 includes 13,288 metric tons of CO2 sequestered annually in soil, a 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.” said Wood Turner, senior vice president of Agriculture Capital.
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 of 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,” Turner notes.
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 highlights Agriculture Capital’s investments and work to rebuild soil health and restore wild pollinator systems on its blueberry farms in particular.
Highlights from the 2019 Impact report:
- Annual net greenhouse gas sequestration of 13,288 metric tons of CO2 due to regenerative in-field practices on US properties
- 20% increase in soil organic matter across managed farms, compared to a 9.9% previous year increase
- 1.2 billion gallons of water saved in 2018
- 75,000 lbs of fruit and nuts donated for hunger relief in 2019
- 657% increase in total wild pollinators between 2016-2019 on Independence, OR area farms
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 investments in nearly 20,000 acres of table grapes, blueberries, hazelnuts and citrus in California, Oregon, Washington, 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 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.