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.