What do pheasants know that you don’t?

As reported in “The Fence Post” on May 24th, Iowa farmer Rayse deBarrows was wondering if GMO corn was good for his prize pigs. So, this past winter  he decided to do a “taste preference test” on a flock of wild pheasants that lived on his farm. deBorrows took two buckets of corn to the…

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A Tale of Two Farms

Organic farm outperforms conventional farm 2 to 1 In 2010 my family farms in NW Iowa began the move from conventional chemical-based farming to chemical-free organic farming. To begin, we transitioned our Farm 751 to comply with the National Organic Program for USDA organic certification. Net Operating Income Doubled – 2009 was the last year Farm…

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Sustainable Farm Partners acquires Fairfield organic farm

Over the past year Sustainable Farm Partners (SFP) has been in negotiations with the Sustainable Farm Development Group to purchase their 150 acre organic farm just north of Fairfield, Iowa. This acquisition represents SFP’s decision to move beyond their original fund structure, shifting to building individual investment partnerships containing one or multiple farms. The partnership,…

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Trade war leaves conventional farmers in a mess

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What a world we live in. We now know that we are in a trade war with China. When a trade war was just a threat, China began canceling US soybean contracts and Brazil is now filling that gap. This shift in markets will impact conventional US grain farmers for years to come. This has…

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Alternatives To Grow Your Wealth

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Do you control the economies across the world? The malfeasance in the financial markets that caused the 2009 meltdown, wars & global conflict, inflation, trade wars, debt, natural disasters, politicians? Of course, you don’t but these are the tails that wag the stock market dog. Today’s turbulent stock market limits your growth where the safest…

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The Best is Yet to Come

I thought you might find this article that came out today in the Green Money Journal of interest and to reminder that our team at Sustainable Farm Partners look forward to staying in touch. There is great satisfaction in knowing you can invest profitably in a way that aligns with your personal values. These value-based…

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The Law of Declining Marginal Returns


The Law of Declining Marginal Returns applies to all aspects of life. If you follow this thread, the law actually determines life itself. Declining returns cause markets to implode, governments to fall, environments to collapse causing civilizations to fail. Here we are today, sitting on that edge. The Problem Archeo-anthropologist Joseph Tainter defines “declining marginal…

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Invest in a Business and Not Just Markets


As I prepared for this article I realized that there are so many myths about investing. One myth is the concept of a balanced portfolio. A balanced portfolio are how stocks and bonds are supposed to offset each other. So I can properly explain why these myths are giving us a false sense of security…

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