Owning farmland has been a successful strategy for thousands of years, providing real income in normal times, windfall profits during building booms, and the security of food and shelter in bad times.
As an investment, farmland has historically delivered attractive, diversified, secure, inflation-hedged returns with both current cash flow and long term capital appreciation.
Organic Market Growth
Organic farming has been one of the fastest growing segments of U.S. agriculture for over two decades. Organic food sales have been growing at 20% per year since 1990, increasing from under $1 billion in 1990 to $24.6 billion in 2008. Despite the rapid growth, organic foods represent less than 3.5% of food sales in 2008, reflecting a market that can continue to grow at $5 billion per year for the foreseeable future.