Plain Speaking About Overseas Agro-Investments

Soy field and soy plants growing in rows in a field, at sunset.

One Little Piece Of Land = $752K In Your Bank Account 

I’m not a gardener. 

The past 14 years we’ve had our home, I’ve left it to my husband to maintain the modest patches of lawn to the front and rear. 

Despite any real plan, he’s had some growing successes… 

The bamboo he planted 10 years ago (for extra privacy) has quadrupled its hold over the bottom of the garden. This week, as we contemplated cutting some away to reclaim space, he reminded me how much it costs at our local garden center… 

Bamboo is counted among one of the most valuable crops in the world right now. Here in Ireland, you’ll pay up to 50 euros for a 5-liter pot. My husband wonders if our two oldest sons might work together and make a little money on it over their summer holidays… 

Okay, so we’re far from sitting on a goldmine here. But this reminded me how, when you go about it the right way, you can make money from the smallest holdings of land… 

We’ve talked here before about the opportunity in owning land—and particularly productive land… 

Productive land is a finite resource. And those that hold it—and know how to manage it—can take advantage of our planet’s growing demand for food… 

The good news is that you don’t have to be a millionaire (or a millionaire farmer) to break in. In recent years, it’s become ever easier for the small investor to grab a slice of the pie…

The 4 Types Of Agricultural Investments: 

If you’re new to agriculture as an investment, you should know that the offers out there (and the buyers that go for them) tend to fall into four categories.

1. Survival:

This type of buyer is interested in creating a self-sustaining environment for the personal use of his family. The objective here is not to reap investment gains but to have a self-sustaining home to fall back on if necessary and to enjoy prepping it and working it in the meantime. It works well for people who enjoy the outdoors and appreciate the preparedness angle. If you’re looking for this kind of opportunity, Belize’s Cayo district is a top candidate.

2. Land Banking

Buyers in this camp are counting on the value of arable land going up as the supply shrinks and demand continues to rise. The idea is not to have the land produce anything… but to hold the land until you want to realize a long-term capital gain. 

3. Hands-On Agricultural Production

This buyer wants to own the land and use it to produce an income. A surprising number of people make this investment, but the ones who make money at it are usually those with prior farming experience. If you’re going to retire from your job as an accountant to raise blueberries in Uruguay, you’ll be more likely to have an expensive hobby than a serious income. 

A variation on this theme is the investor who leases his farmland out to an experienced farmer. You’d typically get a share of the proceeds, and, of course, you’d benefit from the value of the land increasing. 

4. Hands-Off Agricultural Production

This type of investment can vary widely. It could be as hands-off as buying an agri-oriented mutual fund or an exchange-traded fund. Or it could be a hands-off investment where you invest in the actual production of an agricultural product. 

Of these four categories, the easiest for the small investor—without any farming background—is the last one: the hands-off approach. And not in a fund… but in a farm where you get title to the land, machinery and/or greenhouse, depending on the offer. 

Here Are Some Of The Attributes That Good Hands-Off Agricultural Offers Have In Common: 

  • These projects are normally a turn-key operation, where you buy into a project that’s managed professionally. Your job is to take the profits. More and more turn-key investments are being put together specifically for individual investors, as developers realize the collective power of the retail investor. 
  • They should be offered with a strong management company who has experience at managing the type of crop you’re investing in. If you want maximum yields, you want industry experts in the field. 
  • These investments offer economies of scale due to their size. This lowers the overhead for buying materials, machinery, and labor and leaves more available payout to investors.
  • When you’re part of a large project, market access is better than you could ever get on your own. If you want top dollar for the product, you need to be one of the big boys that the major retailers and processors want to buy from. 
  • A good project offers a premium product, which is expected to weather market downturns better than the mass-market production fare. 
  • Finally, with the best projects, the land is titled to the buyer. So if you invest in teak, for example, you’re actually buying the land that the trees are grown on and then sharing in the production profits. But if for some reason the teak profits don’t turn out like you’d hoped, you still own the land, not a piece of paper. 

The farming projects we’ve put you on to recently, such as melons, tomatoes, and sweet bite peppers, are all turn-key. Everything from planting to harvesting to distribution is managed on your behalf… 

What’s more exciting about these projects is the high-tech farming behind them. Using advanced systems—like hydroponics—plants can be managed in an optimal environment… and fed exactly what they need. 

All this translates to lower production costs and a higher quality product… which results in bigger profits for you. 

Investing in a turn-key project like this is a chance to earn cash flow for the long term. Typically, it takes two to three years from planting to your first harvest. From then on, you’re getting checks paid directly to your bank account every year… for 20 to 30 years and beyond… 

One of the best opportunities we know out there gives you the chance to earn annual payouts that reach as high as US$33,000 over the next 30 years… for a total projected payout of US$752,000…

It’s in one of the most lucrative foods in the world right now thanks to demand being 10 times greater than supply. 

If you’d like to find out more on this, we have a special event coming up… 

Next Tuesday, May 25, at 11 a.m. EDT, Lief Simon will be joined online by one of the developers behind this project to walk you through everything you need to know… and be on hand to answer your questions… 

Participation in this webinar is completely free of charge.

Go here to register for your free spot.

Lynn Mulvihill
Editor, Overseas Property Alert