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Agricultural Asset Manager


UBS Farmland Investors LLC
Lodi, CA
Agricultural Asset Manager
United States - California
Job Reference # - 213001BR
City - Lodi, San Francisco
Job Type - Full Time

Your role :
Do you have a strong interest in agricultural investments? Are you a detailed-oriented multitasker?

We are looking for an Agricultural Asset Manager to:

Analyze agricultural investment opportunities:

- Gathering preliminary data including: Soil, FSA, topo and flood maps and aerial photos; Property Profile data and APN maps; Production records, cultural costs, irrigation data
- Research comparable sales and rents.
- Preparing Letter of Intent.
- Preparing Property Registration Forms.
- Completing Outline for Acquisition Recommendation with related exhibits and present for approval to Investment Committee.
- Negotiate purchase and lease agreements.
- Overseeing the completion of all due-diligence activities including the appraisal, ALTA survey, Phase I environmental survey, review of title reports and exceptions, platting of legal description, working with local counsel, consultants, etc.
- Closing purchase transactions including funding requests, etc.
- Traveling to and inspecting potential acquisitions and tenants as part of the due diligence process.

Property Management:

- Negotiating and documenting lease renewals.
- Developing and refining annual operating budgets for each property.
- Analyzing and formulating recommendations for capital projects.
- Monitoring timely receipt of lease payments.
- Track and input real estate taxes; make sure real-estate taxes are paid in a timely manner.
- Making sure insurance certificates are current.
- Making sure annual crop plans and yield reports are received from tenants.
- Making sure copies of all annual FSA reports and forms are received from tenants.
- Making sure all required well and waste water reports and enrollments are current.
- Preparing Deposit or Check Request Forms.
- Preparing Williamson Act questionnaire forms.

Portfolio Management:

- Maintaining Calendar in Outlook of Action or Follow-Up Items.
- Obtaining appraisal bids, preparing appraiser engagement letters and reviewing/filing appraisal reports.
- Traveling to existing properties to meet with tenants and monitor adherence to lease terms.
- Completing and documenting quarterly property inspections and inspection reports.
- Completing quarterly Field Office Reports.
- Completing annual hold/sell recommendations for each property.

Other or General Items:

- Analyzing and reviewing other transactions outside of the Western Region as part of the Investment Committee.
- Stay abreast of general market conditions, water conditions, land value trends and specific commodity forecasts in the Region.
- Participate in ASFMRA and/or industry meetings or seminars.
- Pursuing and obtaining or maintaining existing appraisal/farm management certification and designations from ASFMRA. This requires taking ASFMRA or other courses for accreditation or continuing education purposes.
- Planning tours or shareholder/Board of Directors meetings on an as needed basis.
- Negotiating office lease and interacting with landlord, as needed.
- Completing general office tasks including filing, maintaining office supplies, processing UPS shipments, preparing and submitting monthly expense reports, etc.

Your team :
You will be a member of the Lodi, California, Farmland Asset Management group.

Your expertise :
- BS or BA degree, Agricultural Business or Economics preferred Additional emphasis in finance and/or appraisal is a plus
- strong analytical skills
- effective oral and written communication skills. Ability to present strategy, recommendations, and decisions in a well-reasoned, well documented manner
- time management/organizational skills including ability to prioritize work in order to consistently meet deadlines
- team building - ability to develop open, constructive relationships with others, including peers, property level personnel and clients
- people management and ability to effectively manage internal and external resources
- strong negotiation skills
- strong financial analysis skills with an emphasis on accuracy and thoroughness
- eager to advocate change to achieve core objectives in most efficient and effective manner
- proficiency in Word and Excel

Click Here for Complete Job Description and Link to Apply

 

Appraisal Openings


Farm Credit West
Hanford, Rocklin, Tulare and Yuba City
Farm Credit West currently has appraisal openings at their offices in Hanford, Rocklin, Tulare and Yuba City. Please click here to access the web site for links to the open positions.

 

Chattel / Real Estate Valuator Trainee


Golden State Farm Credit
Chico
Golden State Farm Credit is looking to fill a full time position for a Chattel/Real Estate Valuator Trainee. The Chattel Trainee aids in tracking commodity and livestock prices, inspects livestock, crops, equipment and commodities, and participates in developing a value conclusion. The Chattel Trainee also may help the Chattel Valuator complete Real Estate Valuations for internal clients by participating in inspecting, researching, analyzing, and valuing real estate as a support function to the real estate appraisal department. See full details

 

Farm Manager


Global Quality Foods
Bethel Island, CA
Global Quality Foods, Inc. is an expanding and diversified company with a 350-acre property in Bethel Island, CA. This position offers the successful candidate the opportunity to develop a small/medium scale agricultural business with direct contact with private owners. He/She will initially be responsible for developing the property and propose how and what type of agricultural business the owners should pursue, including developing all the facilities to support the farm production. This requires the ability to be a creative and forward thinker with the ability to submit plans, proposals, budgets, and expected profitability for your vision of the farmland.

Duties/Responsibilities: (not limited to the following)
• Spearhead development of agricultural business on 350-acre property, overseeing all aspects of farming/livestock operation.
• Make decisions about crops or livestock to grow/raise by evaluating factors such as market conditions and soil conditions.
• Plan and prepare finance reports, set up budget limits for various farm activities, and maintain the farm activities in agreement with the budgeted parameters.
• Perform laborious farm activities like driving tractors on field, operating field-based machinery, and equipment, spraying fertilizers on field, managing livestock, etc.
• Analyze existing operations, crops, livestock, staff, and financial documents and recommend improvements as required for efficient operation of farm.
• Schedule repairs, maintenance and replacement of equipment and machinery.
• Ensuring all staff adhere to health and safety regulations.
• Supervise all steps of crop production or ranging, including planting, fertilizing, harvesting, and herding.

Required Skills/Abilities:
• Monitor and assess the quality of farmland or livestock.
• Self-motivated and ability to respond to changing conditions to maximize crop or livestock production.
• Excellent problem-solving, analytical, and critical thinking skills.
• The ability to make decisions in stressful environments.
• Superb communication and interpersonal skills.
• Willingness to work overtime as required.
• Additional courses in Business Management or Administration are recommended.

Education and Experience:
• High School Diploma/GED is required.
• Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Animal Science, or equivalent preferred or applicable work experience in developing land for agricultural use.
• Extensive experience in a farming-related field.
• Management experience would be a plus.

Physical Requirements/Demands:
• Most work performed outdoors; regular exposure to dirt, dust, noise, adverse weather conditions and mechanical hazards when operating farm tools/equipment.
• The Farm Manager must be able to do physically strenuous, repetitive tasks, such as bending, stooping, and lifting up to 50 lbs. at times.
• Must be able to work weekends and holidays as needed, particularly during peak seasons.
• Must be able to hear and see alarms and dangers or hazards.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $50K to $65K DOE

Work Location: Bethel Island, CA

Benefits:
• Health insurance

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States.

To apply for this position, please email carlos@globalqualityfoods.com

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected factor under federal, state, or local law.

 

Farmland Asset Manager


Farm Together
Create a New Asset Class. Feed the Planet. Fight Climate Change.

We are creating a technology-driven investment and trading platform for a brand new
asset class - a $10 trillion global farmland market, previously only accessible to the
largest institutional investors. This is a unique opportunity to join at the very beginning of
this exciting journey and help grow a truly innovative financial product while also having
an active role in battling climate change and creating food systems of the future.

Our vision is to provide all investors with access to farmland investments, and farmers
and farmland owners with access to flexible and creative capital.

We are looking for a hands-on Farmland Asset Manager (US-based, Remote) who
can build out the Asset Management function at FarmTogether. In this role, you will be
responsible for budgetary, operations, reporting and compliance management for our
farmland portfolio.

The Farmland Asset Manager will work closely with the Acquisitions Team, the Farm
Management Team and our Farm Operators to ensure that our farm and ranch assets
are performing optimally. This role requires an in-depth knowledge of permanent crop
farming operations, farm budgeting and operations, regulatory compliance and financial
reporting requirements.

In addition to the day-to-day responsibilities of managing our farmland portfolio, this role will
also be responsible for building out transparent and repeatable systems and processes that will
allow the function to scale.

FARMLAND ASSET MANAGER
Responsibilities
- Build the Farmland Asset Management function at FarmTogether.
- Develop and execute against management strategy for all farms in our portfolio (CAPEX,
development plan, etc.).
- Create, manage and track budget and working capital requirements for all farms in our
portfolio.
- Structure and negotiate farm management and marketing agreements.
- Develop and track metrics to evaluate the performance of our farm managers.
- Work closely with the Acquisition Team to inform underwriting strategy and farm
management assumptions.
- Provide strategic and tactical guidance to inform crop insurance decisions for newly acquired
farms.
- Ensure compliance with all regulatory reporting requirements.
- Support Acquisition Team’s sourcing efforts.
- Proactively identify actual and potential problems; provide solutions.? Track farm management data, create and distribute monthly, quarterly and annual farm
reports for execs, board and investors.
- Embody and champion a data driven, technology-forward culture.

Minimum Qualifications
- 5+ years of farmland portfolio management
- 2+ years of farmland acquisition experience
- Deep understanding of permanent crops (tree nuts, citrus, tree fruit)
- Experience building and managing a high performing team
- Skilled at working with complex financial modeling
- Highly competent communicator that knows how and when to surface risks to the executive
team
- Comfortable working through ambiguity

Preferred Qualifications
- MBA or Masters in relevant field
- Knowledge of row crop agriculture and timberland asset management
- Operating experience on the farm
- Experience at a fast-past startup
- Strong network of land owners, farmland asset managers and ag service providers in
our target crop-geographies.

ABOUT THE TEAM
The founding and executive teams have decades of institutional experience in ag,
farmland, and food investing, having previously deployed over $1B into this asset class.
We also have deep financial and tech expertise that allows us to build investment
products for the future. We’ve raised several million dollars in VC and angel funding to
date, have thousands of investors on our platform, and have deployed millions of dollars
into farmland deals across the United States.

Our backers include Blue Seed Collective, Franklin Templeton ($1.5T global asset
manager), Richie Prager (a former key executive at BlackRock, the largest asset
manager in the world), founders of Grammarly, founder of Pillpack, former CEO of
Fonterra (largest dairy exporter in the world) and many other prominent financial,
agricultural and tech professionals.

If interested please contact Kit Barron at kit@farmtogether.com

 

Licensed Agricultural Real Estate Appraiser


Peoples Company
California
Peoples Company, a leading national Agricultural Real Estate services provider, is seeking an experienced Certified General Appraiser to execute appraisals of agricultural assets throughout California and beyond. Candidate strengths should include strong analytical, task management, and communication skills; attention to detail; desire to learn; and a proactive and positive attitude.

Position Summary:
This role will focus on providing appraisal services for agricultural assets throughout California’s main farming areas and may include work in Arizona and the Pacific Northwest. Assignments will include annual valuations for institutional investors (full and restricted appraisals), lender and single-asset appraisals, appraisal reviews, and consulting services.
The role will be an excellent opportunity for candidates to expand their skill set and knowledge base while working for a growing company that is well-positioned in an extremely attractive niche of the real estate market.

Responsibilities:
• Efficient preparation of accurate appraisal reports delivered on-time
• Bidding and responding to RFPs
• Populate proprietary sale comparable database
• Assist with new client business development efforts
• Manage appraisal job tracking and payment systems from bidding through completion and payment
• Foster strong client relationships by interacting with clients and all other stakeholders in a professional manner
• Collaborate with company’s brokers and cross-sell other service lines
• Maintain confidentiality of client information and proprietary Peoples Company systems
• Contribute to white papers, market update reports, and other documents
• Participate in our internal Quality Control review process

Requirements:
• Bachelor’s Degree
• California Certified General appraisal license in good standing
• Five or more years of appraisal experience
• Affiliation with American Society of Farm Managers & Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) and/or Appraisal Institute
• Ability to travel thought the region for appraisal engagements
• Have obtained or be working toward professional designations (Appraisal Institute or ASFMRA)
• Advanced Excel and Word skills and proficiency with other Microsoft Office tools
• Strong analytical and research skills
• Proficiency with GIS mapping programs and other web-based applications
• Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
• Mindset for driving efficiency and innovation through the use of technology
• Detail-oriented, with initiative and ability to prioritize tasks and remain organized while executing and managing multiple projects with deadlines simultaneously
• Professional, customer service-oriented, positive attitude
• Ability to take and give constructive feedback
• Can work effectively on a team as well as independently with minimal supervision

To apply for this position, please email PacWestJobs@peoplescompany.com.

 

Licensed Appraiser


Golden State Farm Credit
Chico or Kingsburg, CA
Golden State Farm Credit is looking for a full-time Licensed Appraiser for their Chico, CA or Kingsburg, CA office location. The Licensed Appraiser (level I, II, or senior) completes appraisals for internal and external clients by inspecting, researching, analyzing, and valuing property. Appraisal authority, productivity, complexity of appraisal, and years of experience may differentiate the Appraiser levels. They are looking to hire a career minded individual that is a self-starter who enjoys taking initiative and proactively identifying what needs to be done in their family oriented company that supports those that feed the world. See full details

 

 
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      of Ken Dodderer
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