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Ken McClenton Interviews WindRock

Published in Podcasts
Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Ken McClenton interviews WindRock on current activity in the equity markets as well as how and why to invest in farmland. October 2014.

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Investing in U.S. Farmland: Why it is NOT Overvalued

Published in Webinar
Wednesday, 27 August 2014


WindRock interviews Hunt Stookey, Director of Research and Investment Strategy at Ceres Partners.  Mr. Stookey discusses why farmland values, despite strong performance, are not overvalued and offer a great opportunity for the following reasons: caloric consumption growth from a rising standard of living in China and other developing countries; shortages in global food stockpiles; low debt levels and lack of institutional money by buyers of farmland (typically other farmers); and substantial income from leasing farmland to operators which is especially relevant in today's environment of ultra-low interest rates.  June 2014.

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Combating Inflation with Corn

Published in Articles
Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Farmland: Fertile Ground for Investors

Published in Webinar
Monday, 05 August 2013

WindRock Wealth Management and Ceres Partners joint webinar discussing the investment opportunity presented by farmland.  July 2013.

Farmland: America’s Hidden Gem

Published in Blog
Monday, 13 May 2013

May 13, 2013


Fox News. USA Today.  The Associated Press.  Recently, mainstream media has been noticing the rise in farmland values.  In Iowa, prime farmland values have nearly doubled since 2009.  Despite strong performance, the fundamentals for agricultural real estate remain strong.

The familiar long-term trends remain firmly in place: increasing world population, limited arable land, fresh water constraints and declining growth in crop yields.  In addition, consumption patterns (due to sustained economic progress in emerging markets) continue to favor increased meat consumption, which requires greater quantities of grain for the same amount of consumable calories.  Meanwhile, the additional demand provided by biofuels provides price support for crop values.  Add to this mix the more recent trends of additional revenue from windmills and fracking, and it is easy to understand the strong performance in farmland prices.

But one particularly powerful trend which stands to dramatically increase farmland values has yet to be felt: inflation.  WindRock believes the U.S. economy will experience significant inflation.  In times of sustained inflation, owning basic necessities is a key strategy.  The demand for necessities, including food, will remain strong compared to more discretionary items.  Crops prices will appreciate both with the effects of inflation and the aforementioned sector trends.

In addition, the rise in farmland prices has been made absent significant interest and involvement by the investment community.  Most sales of farmland are between fellow farmers – and these sales are typically not financed by debt (which one would expect in a bubble) as 50% to 75% of purchases are typically made with the farmer’s own cash.  The illiquid nature of farmland has prevented the investment community from participating in farmland’s past and future appreciation.  But WindRock has a solution.