Agricultural production is one of the oldest, most profitable investments available. With each passing year, the world must feed more people with less arable land. Global demographics will continue those trends as the earth\'s population grows by another three billion people in the next few decades. In a time of financial uncertainty, there is no better asset to own than income-producing farm, timber, or ranch land. These investments provide tangible yields derived from naturally produced products and have beaten the returns from other asset classes for years. Learn about why an investment in agriculture matters for the future, the different types of agriculture investments, and how you can invest in private ag investments with crowdfunding.
Speaker Bio :
As Harvest Returns COO, Austin Maness manages all facets of the company’s logistics, deal pipeline, and human resources. Some of Austin\'s greatest memories were spent summers as a kid working with his grandparents on their small farm. During a ten year career as an US Army Officer, he served at several levels of command from tactical to strategic operations. While deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, Maness conducted countless combat operations as well as cultivated relationships with local governing officials in support of mission objectives. Maness managed a $65 million, non-lethal support program in southern Turkey for the US Department of State in support of the moderate Syrian armed opposition, working with senior government officials and suppliers to provide material support to rebel forces. He also developed and cultivated an advanced network of local activists to provide time-sensitive information to US agencies. Because of his passion and participation in motorsport events, Maness serves as the Regional Director for Team Shelby, the social marketing arm of Shelby American Inc. Maness earned a Bachelor\'s degree from Texas A&M University and completed a Masters at Kansas University.