An Inside Look At The Growing Opportunity In Agricultural Investing

We talk with Chris Rawley, the CEO of—a new way for farmers, ranchers, and landowners to raise capital without putting their farms at risk by over-leveraging with debt. 

Chris, who is currently a Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve, has invested in real estate and income-producing agriculture for nearly two decades. He conceived the idea to combine online investing, equity crowdfunding with passive investments in production agriculture a few years ago while visiting a farm investment in Central America. 

With the vision of making agriculture investing an easier process, Chris founded Harvest Returns with his COO Austin Maness and brought that vision to reality. 

Harvest Returns is an online platform launched in 2017 to raise capital for small to medium-size operators in private investments in production farming.  

There are investors that we’ve spoken to that are really into sustainable agriculture and feel proud to own a piece of a farm and help keep those farmers in what is arguably the most important industry in the world because we are all consumers of this industry.

There’s no way to avoid it: you’re wearing products of agriculture, you’re drinking products of agriculture and obviously you’re eating them and sometimes it’s in our houses if you include timberland.

Chris Rawley

Listen in as we dig deep into this interesting niche of production farming. Chris gives us an in-depth look into:

  • Indoor agriculture—growing food closer to the consumer
  • Tax advantages
  • Opportunity Zone Fund
  • Finding investors
  • Due diligence on the investor side 
  • Risk mitigation measures

Plus, find out what the next big opportunity in agriculture is and so much more on today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income! 


Mark: Learn more about Chris Rawley at

Scott: Check out the website for sending large files.

Chris: If you’re starting a small business, I recommend reading the book, The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. 

Isn’t it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

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