Chess Ag In the News

Council on Foreign Relations Panel Discussion: The Impact of Tariffs on America’s Heartland

Panelists discuss how rural America has been affected by recent tariffs and intermittent trade wars with U.S. trading partners, and the implications for global trade and the U.S. economy.  Speakers include Shonda Warner, Managing Partner, Chess Ag Full Harvest Partners, Jim Mintert, Professor and Economist, Department of Agricultural Economics, and Director, Center for Commercial Agriculture, Purdue University, and Brian Kuehl, Director, Federal Affairs, K Coe Isom; Executive Director, Farmers for Free Trade.   Watch the discussion here.... read more

AgFunder News: ‘A Lot of People Overpromise and Underdeliver’

May 7, 2018 AgFunder News by Emma Cosgrove

Farmland investor Shonda Warner has a rare position in the world of agtech. As managing partner at Chess Ag Full Harvest Partners and an occasional angel investor in tech startups, she plays the role of both investor and user, as Chess Ag is both landlord and farmer on much of its 50,000 acre portfolio.

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CSPAN- Farmland Prices

Participants talked about rising prices on farmland and investment speculation that the rising prices had encouraged. The price of farmland in America had doubled over the past decade. Low interest rates and record high crop prices had further spurred interest in investment.

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Destination Unknown: The agricultural land map is getting harder to read as buyers find both challenge and opportunity ahead.

As Matt Palmer looks around Arizona’s Gila Valley, ‌he sees it through the eyes of family and farming. ‌Others see the mountain-ringed river basin as a picturesque area ripe for development. Two very different perceptions, they create competition for acres and make it more challenging by the year for farmers here to buy or rent land they need to maintain their operations.

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Fortune – Betting the farm

As world population expands, the demand for arable land should soar. At least that’s what George Soros, Lord Rothschild, and other investors believe – Author: Brian O’Keefe

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