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Company History

In 2007, two former college roommates from Loyola University Chicago reunited to offer a solution to conventional agriculture's ecological and economic degradation and its impacts on public health. Looking for a more sustainable answer to a broken food system and extractive economic policies, a doctor and an investment banker formed Iroquois Valley to begin the healing process for the next generation of farmers and responsible investors. Combining respective careers in real estate finance/banking and medicine, Mr. Miller and Dr. Rivard are proving that growing healthy food is good business.

“Our goal is to convert enough farmland to organic to literally change the paradigm of our healthcare system by offering organic food as a matter of fact rather than a choice.”

Dr. Steven Rivard, Co-Founder & Board Chair

Iroquois Valley began operations in Iroquois County, Illinois providing secure land access to organic farmers according to triple bottom line principles. The Company is committed to scaling organic agriculture in the US by getting more organic farmers on the land, funded by socially responsible investors. Iroquois Valley has invested in 50+ farms in 14 states comprising nearly 10,000 acres.

"We built our business to support the businesses of our farmers."

David Miller, Co-Founder & CEO

Iroquois Valley is governed by a Board of Directors who are elected by shareholders. The Board of Directors guides Iroquois Valley's financial and policy decisions. Meet our Board of Directors.

Iroquois Valley operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). The company structure was approved through shareholder voting and took effect on December 31, 2016. Previously, Iroquois Valley operated as an LLC. The Company believes the REIT structure optimizes the long-term growth potential and plans of the business.

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."

Robert Frost

Events

2018 SRI Conference: The 29th Annual Conference for Sustainable, Responsible & Impact Investing

Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT is excited to sponsor the 2018 SRI Conference in Colorado Springs! This marks the eighth consecutive year that Iroquois Valley will be attending and the fifth straight year as a sponsor of the event.

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News

Civil Eats: Can an Investment Firm Help Increase U.S. Organic Farmland?

Demand for organic products is increasing in the US, but organic acreage has not increased at the same rate. This Civil Eats article shares how Iroquois Valley is changing that by financing farmland for organic farmers.

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What We're Reading

The Chicken and The Egg: Stop Linear Farming and Embrace Circular Agriculture

In a recent Forbes article, "The Chicken and The Egg: Stop Linear Farming and Embrace Circular Agriculture," our partners at Main Street Project were featured for their poultry-centered permaculture model.

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