Farmland is the central focus of our investment efforts. We seek to acquire quality farmland throughout the United States that is suitable for growing broadacre crops such as grains, grasses and oilseeds. We do not typically invest in permanent crops or horticultural crops (e.g., orchards, fruits and vegetables). We are open to both conventional and organic farming systems. If you’re wondering what a Fall Line farm looks like, take a look at the photos on this website. They are 100 percent authentic from our farms, and most were taken by Suzanne O’Brien, a professional photographer and Eric’s wife. Our regard for authenticity is paramount, and the images on this site accurately represent the people and places at the heart of our mission.
We evaluate each potential land purchase on a variety of criteria, including its soil quality, location, crop and yield history, weather and environmental conditions and unique local market factors. While local market comparables can be an important factor in valuation, we take a more comprehensive approach to underwriting farmland that emphasizes a bottoms-up analysis of each property’s total long term productive capacity. Our independent, science- and data-driven approach may allow us to purchase properties that others might regard as too expensive; but in other cases, it will lead us to pass on opportunities that others might jump at.
Core to our evaluation of any new purchase is an assessment of the value we can add to the asset, both permanently through capital improvements, and continuously through operating and agronomic improvements. We have successfully undertaken a wide variety of capital improvement projects on our farms, including irrigation development, drainage, soil enhancements and grain handling, to name just a few. These projects immediately increase the value of the land by improving its productivity and farmability, ultimately increasing farm profitability both for Fall Line and for the farmers who lease from us. In parallel with evaluating potential capital improvements, our team of expert farmers and agronomists considers enhancements that can be made to cropping practices on the farm. We consider a myriad of potential adjustments and enhancements to everything from crop rotations to input selection and technology utilization, but ultimately focus on only the handful of items that we believe will drive the greatest impact on yield. Our farm managers work closely with farmers to ensure that both our capital and operational improvements are well coordinated and practical, and we can provide assistance and mentorship directly to farmers when they undertake new practices for the first time.
Opportunities to purchase land come to us from a variety of sources, and we welcome them all. We have a proactive, data-intensive, internal sourcing effort as well as an extensive network of relationships with brokers, farmers and Ag suppliers across the country. Some of our best sources of land are farmers motivated to grow their operations who have access to potential land purchases in their communities. Whether they do not have the capital to acquire more land, or they prefer to allocate their capital to growing their operating businesses, we welcome the opportunity to partner with them by purchasing land that they source and structuring leases for them to operate it. There are a number of benefits for farmers and farmland owners to consider working with Fall Line.
We are always interested in expanding our network of farming contacts and considering new purchase opportunities. Our objective is to be responsive and clear in our communications with anyone who brings an opportunity to our attention. Please feel free to contact any team member if you have any questions or would like additional information. Simply add a team member’s first name to @fall-line-cap.com if you would like to send us an email.