Our Investors

 

SCHOLARSHIP INVESTORS


The Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) is one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers with C$204.5 billion of net assets under management as of March 31, 2021. It manages a diversified global portfolio composed of investments in public financial markets, private equity, real estate, infrastructure, private debt – and is a leading global investor in agriculture and timber through its Natural Resources group. The Natural Resources team focuses on partnering with best-in-class local operators committed to sustainability, employee health and safety, and being positive long-term contributors to their communities.
TIAA CREF Global Agriculture invests in high-quality farmland assets across five geographies spanning North America, South America, Australia and New Zealand. The company is managed by Westchester, whose 120 agriculture investment professionals manage the company’s assets in each country.
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of health care and nutrition. Its products and services are designed to help people and planet thrive by supporting efforts to master the major challenges presented by a growing and aging global population. Bayer is committed to drive sustainable development and generate a positive impact with its businesses. At the same time, the Group aims to increase its earning power and create value through innovation and growth. The Bayer brand stands for trust, reliability and quality throughout the world. In fiscal 2020, the Group employed around 100,000 people and had sales of 41.4 billion euros. R&D expenses before special items amounted to 4.9 billion euros.
The late Chris Reichstein was a 2014 Nuffield Australia Scholar who farmed near Esperance in Western Australia. He donated funds for the purpose of human capacity building and advancing the strategic goals of Nuffield International primarily by investing in scholarships in developing countries. These will include Chile, Brazil, and Argentina, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya, Poland and Romania. He had a vision to invest in individuals to create vibrant, resilient rural and regional communities. Nuffield International extends the reach of the Chris Reichstein Philanthropy Fund by partnering with investors who can help the program grow.
Castrolanda is a Brazilian cooperative union between people, partners and businesses. The Cooperative has business units divided into operations including meat, milk, grains, potatoes. The commitment of the business areas is to coordinate, develop and foster the activities of the cooperative members, being present in all links of the production chains and in adding value through industries with own brand production as well as third parties, which contribute to the development representativeness in the market.
Norinchukin Bank is a Japanese cooperative bank serving over 5,612 agricultural, fishing and forestry cooperatives from its headquarters in Tokyo. The bank is one of Japan’s largest institutional investors with an investment portfolio of more than US$400 billion and assets exceeding US$840 billion.
Grupo Sinagro is a 20 year old agricultural inputs distribution company that provides pesticides, fertiliser, seeds and grain origination across the key agricultural and cattle producing regions in Brazil. They have 28 distribution store centres across the states of Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Goiás, Bahia, Minas Gerais, Tocantins, Pará, Maranhão and Piaui, and expanding to 80 units. This will extend their farm client base from 5,000 to 12,000 farmers. Grupo Sinagro also has four grain acquiring facilities, a commercial participation in a foliar fertiliser company in Mato Grosso, and produces crops on their 24,000-ha OpenAg farm. Sinagro also has a strategic partnership and is owned in 45% by UPL.
This scholarship is a collaboration of farm organisations and individuals based in California including: 1) Terranova Ranch, Helm, CA; 2) California Cotton Alliance, Sacramento, CA; 3) California Fresh Fruit Growers Association, Fresno, CA; 4) Agrian, Inc., Fresno, CA; 5) Mechanical Design, LLC, Middletown, Delaware; and 6) Russell Stevens Farms, Hurlock, Maryland
This scholarship is a collaboration of generous farm organisations and individuals based in Iowa including: 1) Iowa Pork Producers Association; 2) Iowa Soybean Association; 3) Iowa Farm Bureau; and 4) The Peoples Company.

GLOBAL STRATEGIC PARTNERS


Syngenta is a global company with headquarters in Switzerland. 28,000 employees, in more than 100 countries they work to transform how crops are grown and protected. They accelerate innovation and invest to advance a more sustainable agriculture which is good for nature, farmers and society. Their work helps farmers to face the challenges of today’s changing world.
The Mercer Family operates a collection of enterprises that operate with a common ethos and governance. They are advocates of the Triple Bottom Line philosophy, focusing not just on profitability but also on social and environmental factors. They balance profitable farming in harmony with their environment and are at the forefront of agricultural development and scientific know-how.
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of health care and nutrition. Its products and services are designed to help people and planet thrive by supporting efforts to master the major challenges presented by a growing and aging global population. Bayer is committed to drive sustainable development and generate a positive impact with its businesses. At the same time, the Group aims to increase its earning power and create value through innovation and growth. The Bayer brand stands for trust, reliability and quality throughout the world. In fiscal 2020, the Group employed around 100,000 people and had sales of 41.4 billion euros. R&D expenses before special items amounted to 4.9 billion euros.

PARTNERS


Global Dairy Farmers is the worldwide network of leading dairy farmers and industry partners. It is a platform for leading dairy farmers from all over the world to meet each other for the discussion of new strategies, as a reaction to new policy measures, legislation and market developments. Our aim is to bring dairy farmers and related business partners in touch with each other to share knowledge and create new network relations and business.
Agri benchmark is a global, non-profit network of agricultural economists, advisors, producers and specialists in key sectors of agricultural and horticultural value chains. They use internationally standardised methods to analyse farms, production systems and their profitability. Their farm-level knowledge is combined with an analysis of international commodity markets and value chains.
The International Leadership Alumni Conference (ILAC) is a group of like-minded leaders who are mostly graduates of rural and agricultural leadership programs from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Scotland, and the United States. ILAC provides a great venue to meet other alumni and visit the host state or country and learn more about their agriculture and rural issues.
Origin Capital Group is an independent Australian corporate finance advisor established in 1998. Their objective is to produce winning outcomes and exceed clients’ expectations. They provide advice to Australian and international public and private companies. Origin has a reputation with its clients for trust, independent thinking and sound commercial judgement.
The World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) is a member-based association, bringing together national farmers’ organizations and agricultural cooperatives from all over the world. It's mission is to represent the farmers’ voice and advocate on their behalf in all the relevant international processes affecting their present and their future, ranging from the global dialogue on agriculture to nutrition and sustainability.
The International Association of Programs for Agricultural Leadership (IAPAL) includes leadership programs in the USA and several other countries.​ Most IAPAL member programs have a two-year curriculum designed for up to 30 key leaders selected through application processes. IAPAL encourages emerging and established agricultural and rural leaders to consider applying for the next program offering.
Emerging Ag is a boutique international consulting firm providing communications and public affairs services to clients in the agriculture, food and health sectors. They provide expert services to clients, with a strong focus on global policy issues and engagement with international organisations.
The NextGen Ag Impact Network [NGIN] is the global network of networks for, with, and by NextGen Agricultural Leaders. Their aim is to empower youth in agriculture and related fields by including them right from the start. Together, they co-create a structure, programs, and a community to unlock resources and energy for transformational impact towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

 

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