We are a team of experienced farmers, agronomists and investors who believe that new technology and soil conservation methods are critical to maximizing productivity and sustaining long-term farm value. Our team members have pioneered many of the key innovations in commercial farming over the last decade and are constantly seeking new opportunities to learn and innovate as the Ag market evolves.

Meet our Team

Clay Mitchell

Co-Founder and Managing Director

Clay Mitchell is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Fall Line Capital.  He is a fifth-generation Iowa farmer who has spent his entire career becoming one of the most innovative, progressive and respected farmers in the world. Clay led the revolution in precision agriculture from a variable-rate approach to an automation approach. In refining commercial grain farming at The Mitchell Farm, he has conducted highly introspective agronomic studies that have driven innovation in the use of auto-steering, next-generation control systems for farming inputs, wireless farm networking, grain storage automation, no-till farming techniques and controlled-traffic farming systems. He has been featured in many publications, including Time and Wired magazines, for his progressive farming techniques and has participated several times at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Clay has a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Harvard College and a Masters in Agronomy from Cornell University where he was a Saltonstall Fellow in Agronomy.

Over his farming career, Clay’s leadership in the industry has been built upon cooperation with manufacturers and universities, a willingness to host groups of domestic and international farmers on his farm, and accepting invitations to deliver keynote addresses and plenary lectures all over the world. Such activities have helped him develop a deep and invaluable network across the farmer, academic, industry, agricultural journalism, and government communities.

Eric O’Brien

Co-Founder and Managing Director

Eric O’Brien is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Fall Line Capital, bringing over 18 years of professional investment, financial services and operating experience to the firm. Prior to forming Fall Line with Clay Mitchell in 2011, Eric spent 12 years at Lightspeed Venture Partners, a top tier Silicon Valley venture capital firm with over $3 billion of assets under management.  At Lightspeed, he was a Managing Director responsible for early and growth stage investments in technology and services companies in the U.S. and China.

Eric has a track record of identifying and executing effectively against emerging market opportunities. In 2004, he identified a strategic opportunity for Lightspeed to expand its activities to China, where very few U.S. venture capital firms had established themselves at the time. That year, he sourced the firm’s first investment in the region and led the creation of Lightspeed’s overall strategy for China. In 2006, he moved himself and his family to Shanghai for five months to help formally establish Lightspeed’s China office, build the local investment team, and make several of the firm’s initial investments in the region, one of which became the firm’s first successful liquidity event in China.

Prior to Lightspeed, Eric was an Associate at InterWest Partners, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm where he focused on communications, internet and consumer investments. He has also worked for and consulted to a number of technology startups, and started his career as an Analyst in the mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance groups at Morgan Stanley in New York and San Francisco. Eric holds an AB degree in Economics magna cum laude from Harvard College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Scott Day

Director of Agronomy

Scott Day is Director of Agronomy at Fall Line Capital.  He is a fifth generation farmer from Manitoba, Canada where he was an early practitioner and advocate of no-till agriculture. In addition to farming more than 15 different commercial crops over 25 years on his own farm, Scott was an agronomist and crop diversification specialist for Manitoba Agriculture focusing on no-till agriculture and sustainable food production. In this research and extension role, he worked with more than 60 different crops and a myriad of crop protection products and new equipment technologies. His responsibilities included planting over 2,000 test plots annually in 10 different locations, making him a world-recognized expert in a wide variety of crops and production systems.

Scott has direct farming experience not only in North America, but also in Australia and Europe and has been an adviser to governments, universities and farm groups in Europe (Ireland, UK, Ukraine) and Australia. It is through these travels that he originally met Clay many years ago. He has won numerous achievement awards for his ag extension work and promotion of no-till agriculture, including “Zero-till Farmer of the Year” and “Conservation Farm of the Year.” Scott is a regular speaker at international conferences regarding advanced crop research and recently spoke at AgriTechnica in Hannover, Germany and Crop World in London, England. He is also a regular columnist (most recently with NoTillVille.com) and a contributing author of several books including “The Search for Sustainable Agriculture” and “Rainfed Farming Systems Around the World.” Scott received a BS in Agriculture with honors from the University of Manitoba and is a Professional Agrologist.

Katie Taylor

Chief Financial Officer

Katie Taylor is the Chief Financial Officer at Fall Line, responsible for the firm’s finance, accounting, and administrative activities.  Prior to joining Fall Line, Katie was the Controller at Golden Gate Capital, a direct investment private equity firm based in San Francisco where she was responsible for all aspects of the financial accounting and reporting process and assisted in portfolio valuation, investor relations, tax and the operations of the firm’s management company. Prior to that, she was at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she held roles in both the financial services assurance practice and the tax consulting and compliance practice.

Vic Method

Principal

Vic Method is a Principal at Fall Line Capital, bringing to the firm over 35 years of sales and marketing business development experience in the business process, advertising and enterprise software industries. Prior to joining Fall Line, Vic was responsible for developing 70% of the clients for Evolv, a Silicon Valley HR analytics start-up. Throughout his career, he has distinguished himself with his contributions in the development and navigation of complex executive level relationships in the pursuit of global sales and ongoing account management for Digitas and Convergys, with client successes including AT&T, IBM, General Motors, American Express and American Century Investors. At Fall Line, Vic is responsible for developing a network of contacts across the agriculture industry with an eye toward both immediate and longer term strategic investment opportunities and partnerships for the firm.

A native of the Midwest, Vic attained his BS degree from Kansas State University and his MBA from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Vic was inducted into the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame for his volunteer work to gain equality for women in sport with the addition of women’s ski jumping to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Baptiste Tellier

Senior Vice President

Baptiste Tellier is a Senior Vice President at Fall Line focused on farm management, data analysis and deal sourcing. Prior to Fall Line, he managed the creation and implementation of a best practices program across over 200 farmers for Nestle in order to achieve higher and more consistent quality from its supplier base. He is also a former farm operations intern at The Mitchell Farm where he ran several agronomic studies regarding corn yield. Baptiste has direct farming experience on three continents and has an MS in Agronomy and a BS in Agricultural Engineering from AgroParisTech University. 

Jose Peschiera

Senior Vice President

Jose (“Pepo”) Peschiera is a Senior Vice President focusing on new farm acquisitions and development, as well as farm management. Pepo was previously a Partner at Agro Meridional, a private equity firm in Argentina specializing in the development and execution of agribusiness opportunities. His responsibilities included screening, analysis, development and execution of new Ag investment opportunities. In 2007, he identified and executed a major development project in the Argentine Patagonia that converted marginal desert land into highly productive irrigated farmland growing corn, soybean and tomatoes. In 2009, he sourced 15,000 acres of leased land across five different regions which he subsequently managed in no-till production of soybeans, wheat, barley, corn and sunflowers in both single and double cropping rotations. Prior to Agro Meridional, Pepo was Crop Management Team Leader at BLS Agribusiness in Argentina where he led a team that made management decisions for 25,000 no-till acres of soybeans and sunflowers. He holds an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Buenos Aires where he graduated with honors and a Masters in Finance from Torcuato Di Tella University in Buenos Aires.

Wade

Wade Condrey

Head of Southern Operations

Wade is based in Lake Providence, Lousiana and heads Fall Line’s operations throughout the southern United States. He has deep roots in the area, and works closely with our farm tenants and the entire Ag community to optimize performance of Fall Line’s farms and identify new business opportunities in the region.

Prior to joining Fall Line in 2016, Wade was a partner and operator of Condrey Farms, a 32,000+ acre farming enterprise growing soybeans, rice, corn, cotton and wheat in Louisiana. He has been a farmer his whole life and played a key role in the growth of Condrey Farms from its original 3,500 acres to its current scope. In addition to his farming enterprise, Wade also owns two agricultural flying services and a land-leveling business.

Wade remains a full partner in his family’s operation, but he decided to step out of his day-to-day farming responsibilities to join Fall Line full time because he believes in our mission, and recognizes the synergies between his experience and skill set and Fall Line’s capabilities and reach as a firm. Wade has been a leader in the Delta in best practices in farming, agronomy and entrepreneurship, and is widely respected as one of the top farmers not only in his region, but across the United States. He understands the complexities of farming from the operator’s perspective, and has a unique ability leverage that perspective to help Fall Line’s tenants succeed and grow their operations with us.

Joaquin

Joaquin Oliverio

Regional Manager

Joaquin is based in Little Rock, AR and manages Fall Line farms and new business development opportunities across the northern half of the Mississipi Delta region. He interacts daily with our farm tenants, suppliers and service providers, and is often the first member of the Fall Line team to evaluate new acquisition opportunities in the area. He also oversees all capital improvement projects in the region.

Joaquin has a deep background in agriculture, and has been managing farms professionally for more than 10 years. Prior to joining Fall Line in 2016, he had full production management responsibility for over 10,000 acres of farmland in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, growing rice, corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton and milo. Before that, he managed over 30,000 acres of farmland in three different provinces in Argentina for multiple agricultural companies, including Adeco Agro and Del Monte Fresh Produce.

Soil conservation has always been at the core of Joaquin’s focus as a farm manager. He earned his degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Buenos Aires, and he has been a student of cutting edge erosion control practices, many of which have been pioneered in Argentina, ever since. He has significant experience in optimal no-till practices, cover crops, field terracing and other erosion control techniques.

Diana Tejo

Office Manager

Diana Tejo is Office Manager & Executive Assistant at Fall Line Capital, bringing over 20 years of experience in her field. She has extensive experience managing within venture-backed start-ups, as well as supporting C-Level executives in the technology, banking, internet and education industries.

FLC in the Field

Our team is active in the agriculture and investment communities, and we are often speakers at conferences and other public events. Please come join us – we hope to see you at our next event.

Van Trump Farm Direction Conference

Kansas City, MO / December 7, 2016

Conservation Agriculture Summit for Cuba

Havana, Cuba / October 16, 2016

Ag Discussion with Congressman Rick Crawford

Jonesboro, Arkansas / October 14, 2015

2014 CSS Research Conference

Chicago / December 8, 2014