Using Technology to Minimize Land Degradation and Maximize Profits: A Farmer's Perspective.

    December 09, 2013
    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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    The Standard Club
    320 S Plymouth Ct
    Chicago, IL 60604

    Join the Chicago Farmers at The STANDARD CLUB (320 S. PLYMOUTH COURT) for an informative program and holiday event.

    Farming practices can dramatically affect soil quality and long-term farmland productivity in positive or negative ways.  Yet in many states investors’ underwriting of farmland is overweighted by immutable ratings, such as Productivity Index or Corn Suitability Rating, which is based on surveys that might have been done a generation ago.  We will discuss how to measure soil productivity and how to implement farming practices that improve it.  As corn prices have fallen 40% on the year, we will discuss what the key technologies are for being a low-cost producer under current pricing and what are the technologies to let go.

    11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. --Registration & Networking

    12:00 p.m. -12:30 p.m.-- Hot Buffet Lunch

    12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.--Program with Q & A

    Our speaker will be:

    Clay Mitchell --Who is Co-founder and Managing Director of Fall Line Capital, a Silicon Valley-based private equity firm that buys, improves, and manages farmland.  Fall Line closed its first fund with $125MM of commitments from leading endowments and foundations in the spring of 2013.  Mr. Mitchell has recently been featured in Howard Buffet's Book: 40 Chances, which came out in late October of 2013.

    Since 2000, Mitchell has farmed 3000 acres of corn and soybeans near Waterloo, Iowa.  The Mitchell Farm has been a leader in the use of automation in farming operations, evaluating new agronomic conscepts in crop production,  and has pioneered quality testing of field operations.

     Mitchell is on the Board of Advisors of the largest farm in Russia and Ukraine.  He is a graduate of Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, and of Cornell University with a master’s degree in Crop and Soil Science, where he was a Saltonstall Fellow.





    $60.00 Member Ticket
    $50.00 Earlybird rate before December 2

    $85.00 Non-Members & Guests
    $75.00 Earlybird rate before December 2

    $50.00 Guest at Member Price