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Financing a Sustainable Ag Industry: How to Minimize Loss and Maximize Profit

Pat McCullough ProducePay

As the global community of finance, investment and sustainability professionals collectively strives to achieve a net-zero world, it is imperative to address the significant impact of the agriculture industry, which is currently responsible for nearly 30% of greenhouse gas emissions.

Historically in the agriculture sector, the industry’s volatility – originating from extreme weather, disease, political unrest, unpredictable demand, and increasingly more common supply chain disruptions – has fallen on the shoulders of our farmers, causing them to face significant challenges and financial risk that impacts their capacity to ensure food security and invest in sustainable innovations. In order to incentivize growers and farmers to adopt more sustainable practices, we need to first redirect capital from traditional financial institutions and impact investors to finance this transition.

In this session, Pat McCullough will be joined by Adam Anders, Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Anterra Capital, to dissect the current challenges hindering the adoption of sustainable practices, explore the emerging finance models designed to support the entry of the agriculture and produce industries into carbon markets in order to create a more sustainable agriculture system, and discuss the technological innovations that are beginning to power this transformation – like advancements in water conservation, cover crops, soil enrichment and renewable resources – all while minimizing loss and maximizing profit.

Track

Regenerating Food Systems

Format

Fireside chat (2 speakers)

Speakers

  • NamePat McCullough
  • TitleCEO
  • OrganizationProducePay
  • NameAdam Anders
  • TitleCo-Founder & Managing Partner
  • OrganizationAnterra Capital

Description

As the global community of finance, investment and sustainability professionals collectively strives to achieve a net-zero world, it is imperative to address the significant impact of the agriculture industry, which is currently responsible for nearly 30% of greenhouse gas emissions.

Historically in the agriculture sector, the industry’s volatility – originating from extreme weather, disease, political unrest, unpredictable demand, and increasingly more common supply chain disruptions – has fallen on the shoulders of our farmers, causing them to face significant challenges and financial risk that impacts their capacity to ensure food security and invest in sustainable innovations. In order to incentivize growers and farmers to adopt more sustainable practices, we need to first redirect capital from traditional financial institutions and impact investors to finance this transition.

In this session, Pat McCullough will be joined by Adam Anders, Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Anterra Capital, to dissect the current challenges hindering the adoption of sustainable practices, explore the emerging finance models designed to support the entry of the agriculture and produce industries into carbon markets in order to create a more sustainable agriculture system, and discuss the technological innovations that are beginning to power this transformation – like advancements in water conservation, cover crops, soil enrichment and renewable resources – all while minimizing loss and maximizing profit.

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