Farmers Business Network’s Farmland Capital team has decades of experience in investing, data science, and research. Meet the team leading the Farmland Capital offering for FBN below.
Jose (Pepo) Peschiera
Pepo has spent the last 15 years investing in and managing farms, initially in Latin America and for the last 9 years in the US. Prior to his role at FBN, he co-founded Frontier Farmland, a technology-driven farmland investment and management company. Before Frontier, he was SVP at Fall Line Capital, leading new farm acquisitions and developments and farm management. Previously, Pepo was Managing Partner at Agro Meridional, a private equity firm in Argentina specializing in the development and execution of agribusiness opportunities. His responsibilities included screening, analysis, development, and execution of new agriculture investment opportunities. Prior to Agro Meridional, Pepo was Crop Management Team Leader at BLS Agribusiness in Argentina where he led a team managing row crops.
Pepo holds an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Buenos Aires, where he graduated with high honors, and a Masters in Finance from Torcuato Di Tella University in Buenos Aires. Pepo comes from a farming family in Argentina, is a fourth generation farmer, and spent most of his childhood assisting his father in the management of farm operations in the Argentine Pampas.
Melissa has spent the last 10 years investing in organizations of all sizes, analyzing, developing, and executing on strategies to help companies improve core metrics and/or become profitable. She joined FBN in 2022 after leading strategy for an agriculture startup in the Northeast, managing all elements of marketing, supply chain management, corporate development, and analytics. She began her career on Wall Street, working on both the sell-side in investment banking at J.P. Morgan and the buy-side as an investment analyst at a credit fund.
Melissa has her MBA from Harvard Business School and BA in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University. She grew up in a farming community in Massachusetts.
Investing in Farmland Capital offers investors access to the expertise and resources of Farmers Business Network, a world-class ag-tech company. Farmers Business Network (FBN) is the leading direct to farmer platform with 50,000+ farmer members operating more than 20% of the US acres. FBN received over $11B of Farmer Financing requests in 2022 and has closed over $1B in financing.
The Farmland Capital team is supported by:
A rigorous sourcing platform: 21,000+ leads sourced for $11 billion top of funnel opportunities with 40 farmer relationship managers
An experienced underwriting team: over 20 underwriters with average 17 years of experience in the agricultural industry, 13 closers
Technical expertise: over 40 software engineers, 20 data scientists and analysts, and an industry-leading technical stack
Farmers Business Network is an eight year-old ag tech startup that helps farmers build more profitable and efficient businesses. Our offerings help farmers with all aspects of managing an agricultural business, from offering on-farm inputs, crop marketing and insurance services, and financial products. Farmland Capital is a financial service offering we built to help lower the cost of capital for farmers and enable farmers and investors to partner together in the growing farmland asset class.
FBN has 1,000 employees and offices in Sioux Falls, SD, San Carlos, CA, and Chicago, IL, and a Canadian headquarters in High River, Alberta.
Farmers Business Network was founded in 2014 and has been most recently valued at $3.9 billion, with investors that include Fidelity, BlackRock, Temasek, Google Ventures, ADM, and T. Rowe Price. To learn more, visit: www.fbn.com. Read more about us on Bloomberg and Wall Street Journal.
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