Thank you to our outstanding speakers and attendees who made the Regenerative Food Systems Investment Virtual Series such a success!
This six-part virtual series investigated how investment in infrastructure and technology can serve as key levers to drive regenerative food systems. Each session took participants on a fast-paced, deep dive into a specific investment theme – exploring the current investment opportunity, landscape, impact, and some of the fundable opportunities in the space.
March 30: Resilient Infrastructure – LAND
April 13: Enabling Tech – SOIL DATA & ANALYTICS
April 27: Resilient Infrastructure – SUPPLY CHAIN
May 11: Enabling Tech – ON-FARM TECH
May 25: Resilient Infrastructure – BRAND BUILDING
June 8: Enabling Tech – ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
RFSI Virtual Event #1:
Resilient Infrastructure – LAND
March 30 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. PT
Farmland is one of the most investable assets in agriculture because it enjoys historically strong returns, attractive risk return ratios, offers good portfolio diversification potential, and provides a hedge against inflation. But if land is managed degeneratively, these investments and the assets themselves are ultimately at risk.
This session will kick off with an exploration of the unique investment opportunity for regenerative or organic farmland, the role regenerative farm and ranch land can play in overall investment strategy, and the potential for investment to help scale regenerative globally. Participants will also hear from four different operations who are putting capital to work for regenerative land management.
SLM Partners, Walden Mutual, FarmRaise, and Agrarian Commons
RFSI Virtual Event #2:
Enabling Tech – SOIL DATA & ANALYTICS
April 13 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. PT
As the saying goes, “If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.” But when it comes to soil health, we are just beginning to scratch the surface on how to measure it, leaving enormous potential for improving the way we manage it. Soil data and analytics tools are playing an increasingly important role in helping farmers measure soil health and transition to regenerative practices.
What role can soil data and analytics technology play in scaling regenerative and what opportunities for investment do these tools present? Find out in this session featuring unique investor insights, as well as three companies offering different tools to support measurement and analysis.
Trailhead Capital, Continuum Ag, MicroBiometer, and Trace Genomics
RFSI Virtual Event #3:
Resilient Infrastructure – SUPPLY CHAIN
April 27 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. PT
The expansion of regenerative food systems is slowed as a result of underdeveloped supply chain infrastructure that leaves producers, brands, and retailers with inadequate processing, transportation, and marketing options. The entire middle of the supply chain is still significantly underfunded.
Learn strategies for identifying and investing in regenerative supply chain infrastructure and meet some of the activators putting capital to work in the space.
Thread Fund, Hudson Harvest, Lorentz Meats, and Regen Mills
RFSI Virtual Event #4:
Enabling Tech – ON-FARM
May 11 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. PT
From biologicals to robotics, on-farm technologies that enable the transition to more regenerative production systems have attracted significant capital in the past two years. These tools serve as key levers to scaling on-farm practices but with so many tech companies entering the space, it can be hard to know where to allocate your time and capital.
Take a first-hand look at the strategy behind incorporating on-farm tech into an investment portfolio and hear from three companies bringing very different tools to the market.
Rabo Food & Agri Innovation Fund, Future Acres, Kula Bio, and Vence
RFSI Virtual Event #5:
Resilient Infrastructure – BRAND BUILDING
May 25 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. PT
Consumers want food that reflects their values. They are increasingly demanding to know where their food comes from and the impact of its production – on climate, the environment at large, and their family’s health. Companies large and small are answering this call by creating food brands sourced from climate-smart and regenerative producers.
How can investment capital be put to work to grow these brands and the positive impacts they have on regeneration? Join us as we unearth a winning strategy from more than a decade’s worth of experience to investing in regenerative brands, as well as learn from three brands carving out unique niches in the food space.
Grounded Capital Partners, Hickory Nut Gap, and Good Sam PBC
RFSI Virtual Event #6:
Enabling Tech – ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
June 8 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. PT
Soil carbon, biodiversity, water – they represent some of the key ecosystem services provided by regenerative farm and ranch land management. Understanding, measuring, and monetizing these services is a critical next step to incentivizing transition to regenerative.
Join us as Sarah Nolet of AgThentic Group/Tenacious Ventures and the AgTech So What? podcast walks participants through the case for investing in ecosystem services technology and introduces us to three companies pioneering the space in different ways.
Tenacious Ventures, Boomitra, Grassroots Carbon, Regrow, and Yard Stick