As the average age of the U.S. farmer reaches 55 years, a new crop of farmland buyers are stepping in to take over American farmland: investors. In recent years, non‐farmer investors, such as pension funds, investment banks, and private equity firms, have become aggressive buyers in the farmland market. Dubbing farmland the hottest new “asset class,” investors are quickly building a toolbox of “investment vehicles” to allow wealthy clients to profit off of rising land values, land rents, and commodity prices. As investors infiltrate the farmland market, they drive up the price of farmland and outbid family farmers, ultimately undermining sustainable agricultural and preventing the transfer of land to the next generation.   


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