Gene Johnston | Nov. 21, 2019
Mitch Minarick is bringing a different model to farm capitalization. His start-up, FarmAfield, is pairing investors with farmers looking to grow their business or to spread risk. Investors own real farm assets, such as livestock, through production contracts with the farmers or ranchers.
Karen Uhlenhuth | June 3, 2019
A federal grant is helping the farming entrepreneur devise a shading system for cattle that incorporates solar panels.
Laurie Bedord | Nov. 15, 2018
FarmAfield was one of six ag tech companies chosen to present at the Nebraska Power Farming Show on December 5th. The pitch competition is sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America and is designed to showcase the different ways technology is being leveraged to help producers manage their operations more efficiently.
Jeana Cadby | Aug. 10, 2018
Running a farm is risky business, especially when it comes to investments. Changing markets, small margins, and weather-dependent revenues are all ingredients for a make-or-break situation. However, stability in the form of tech has come to light as a great partner for farmers who can utilize the growing trade in investment platforms.
Alli Davis | March 1, 2018
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is home to students from all over. They hail from small, farm villages, towns and big cities, bringing a variety of experiences and values to the table. It can be hard to find commonalities among so many differences, but one factor is hard to deny: everyone has to eat. The problem is, hardly anyone knows where their food is coming from.
FarmAfield | Feb. 14, 2018
FarmAfield is on a mission to change the way consumers and farmers connect to each other. Their marketplace provides consumers with innovative opportunities to easily invest in agriculture, resulting in a uniquely diversified portfolio for them and lower income volatility and new sources of capital for farmers.Read More
Rod Armstrong | April 7, 2017
Farmers and ranchers will sometimes enter into handshake agreements with neighbors or family members for a financial stake in each other’s crops or livestock. Lincoln ag tech startup FarmAfield is developing a platform to scale that concept and increase the amount of investment capital available to producers.
World-Herald editorial | March 16, 2017
College students from around the globe attended an international conference in Switzerland last year exploring innovative ways to boost global food production. Among the 10 finalists was a student team from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln that developed FarmAfield, an online marketplace enabling farmers and ranchers to buy and sell production contracts in any size.
Though for Food | Oct. 4, 2016
[FarmAfield's] platform lowers a farmer’s yearly price volatility by diversifying their ownership and risk associated with farming. FarmAfield is currently focusing on cattle investment across the United States, but plans to branch out to other markets.
Sarah Wontorcik | Feb. 29, 2016
The Thought For Food Challenge is an annual competition where university students from all around the world submit various solutions for feeding the growing population of the world. Thought For Food defines itself as “a movement dedicated to tackling the global challenge of feeding 9-plus billion people through bold, breakthrough solutions.”
Haley Steinkuhler | Feb. 17, 2016
FarmAfield, an online marketplace being developed by three University of Nebraska-Lincoln students, has been named a finalist in the international Thought for Food Challenge. More than 500 entries from more than 100 countries were submitted in the competition aimed at finding creative ways to face the challenge of feeding the world.
Mike Koon | May 22, 2014
Farmers across the globe assume a fair amount of risk, since multiple exterior factors such as weather, disease, markets, and infrastructure can seriously affect not only profits, but their entire livelihood. While insurance and similar products can certainly ease the burden, some agricultural engineering PhD students from the University of Illinois are working with several other Midwest researchers to give farmers another option to minimize that volatility at home and in the developing world.
FarmAfield exists to create new connections between the farmers who grow our food and the people who enjoy it.