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Investing in Organic

by Erica Fink | Jul 6, 2016 | Green Business Network Harn Soper, a Green America colleague and industry advisor to Green America’s Non-GMO Working Group, recently wrote for Green Money on the economics of organic agriculture. He shares his breadth of knowledge as founder of Sustainable Farm Partners, LLP (SFP). With organic food sales growing from $1 billion in 1990 to over more »
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Investing in Organics – a Profitable Endeavor

Ten years ago, organic seemed like a luxury reserved for the rich and famous. However, the times have changed.

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Organic Economics

Harn Soper, the founder of Sustainable Farm Partners, first saw the advantages of organic production when he converted his family farm. Here, he walks us through the cost advantages – and some of the risks – of converting to organic. He also explains the history of GM crops, and how the industry’s reaction to super-weeds is driving customers to organics.

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SFP seeks $40m to convert US row crops to organic

By Chuck Stanley – Agri Investor in Fundraising, News & Analysis Sustainable Farm Partners (SFP), a US equity firm dedicated to developing organic row crop operations in the US, has launched a $40 million funding round. The firm plans to invest $100 million in converting conventional US farms to organic production, through a mix of debt more »
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SFP invests in the future of organic farming

Based on his success in organic farming, Iowa farmer wants to increase organic acreage in the state. Making the transition from conventional to organic farming can be a big leap, but Harn Soper will tell you—based on experience—that it is worth it in terms of better crops, soil, and financial returns. Soper, a member of more »
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Are GMOs Worth Their Weight In Gold? To farmers, not exactly

Nathanael Johnson writes for Grist.org about food and agriculture in his series “Thought For Food”. In October Johnson looked into what value, if any, Genetically Modified seeds offered farmers. Johnson compared two farm families. The Soper Farm family from Northwest Iowa farms both organically (non-GMO) and conventionally (GMO) and the Brian Scott Farm family from Northwest Indiana more »
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Organic industry to Paris: Regenerative agriculture is solution to climate change

By Steve Hoffman, New Hope 360 As delegations from throughout the world gather this week and next at the COP21 Global Climate Summit in Paris to discuss how to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and increase availability of renewable energy, the role of food and agriculture is just beginning to become part of the more »
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Investing in agriculture – Barbarians at the farm gate

Hardy investors are seeking a way to grow their money. IN THE next 40 years, humans will need to produce more food than they did in the previous 10,000 put together. But with sprawling cities gobbling up arable land, agricultural productivity gains decreasing, and demand for biofuels increasing, supply is not keeping up with demand. Clever farmers, scientists and entrepreneurs are bursting with ideas. But they need money to make this jump.

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Does the future of small town Iowa depend on lessons from the past?

There’s no going back to the old days when small-scale, diversified farms were the norm — nor would we necessarily want to — but that past just might provide lessons we can apply in our work to revitalize and expand local ag-dependent economies.

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Green Is Good features Harn Soper

Today on Green Is Good, Harn Soper, Founder and Partner of Sustainable Farm Partners, LLP talks about the three legs of the sustainability farming stool, social, economic and environmental and the growing demand for organic food

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Beyond GM – A New Business Model for Organic Farming

“If we have any legacy at all it is that we leave thousands of acres in Iowa in better shape than we found it,” says Harn Soper – organic farmer, businessman and one of the partners in Sustainable Farm Partners (SFP). He grew up working on his family’s conventional farms not knowing that we were, “farming the wrong way”. The family and has since tried out many types of organic farming, from livestock and vegetables, to row crops such as corn, oats and alfalfa.

Row crops are what he settled on for his start up fund, Sustainable Farm Partners. “The biggest environmental impact that can be made is switching agriculture to organic grains,” he says. “To get to a new type of agriculture and to reset things, the system has to be scaleable.” And critical to organic farming, it must be profitable … and it is.”

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