• John Farris Founder & President

    Mr. Farris received a full-tuition fellowship to study economics and finance at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, where he was awarded a Master’s Degree. Before attending Princeton, Mr. Farris studied economics and philosophy at Centre College from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He served as an economist at the Center for Economics Research at the Research Triangle Institute, as well as a senior economics consultant with both the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. From 2006 to 2007, Mr. Farris served as Secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Mr. Farris serves on the Board of Directors for Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS), Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance (KEMI), Green Brick Partners (NASDAQ: GRBK), and Kentucky Technology Inc. Mr. Farris also acts as Senior Investment Advisor to the Centre College Endowment.

  • Billy Ussery Director of Farm Operations

    Mr. Ussery started his career in 1985 as a regional field engineer with Continental Eagle Corporation where he rose to be in charge of operations in the Southeastern United States. Since, he has held management positions within a privately owned farming conglomerate in the Mississippi River Valley, managing tens of thousands of farmland acres and several agricultural businesses. Mr. Ussery has held key roles in many professional associations, including: as President of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association, as Delegate to the National Cotton Council from 2006 to 2013, on the Board of Directors of the National Cotton Ginners Association, and as a Charter Member of the Arkansas Rice Merchants Association. Mr. Ussery received a degree in Agricultural Engineering from Mississippi State University.

  • Steve McKaskle Organic Production Consultant

    Mr. McKaskle started farming in 1973 as a fifth generation farmer. He is a pioneer in organic weed and pest control and has worked with the USDA and various university research programs to develop groundbreaking organic cultivation techniques. After an F4 tornado destroyed the family cotton gins, equipment and farmstead, Mr. McKaskle began to produce organic rice and has become the largest domestic producer of organic aromatic and long grain varieties of rice, securing relationships with notable companies such as Chipotle, Whole Foods Market, United Natural Foods, KeHE and Hiland Naturals. He has also worked with these companies to develop a transitional rice program that offers a price premium to farmers in the transitional stages of organic production. McKaskle Family Farms currently operates on over 3,000 acres cultivating a variety of crops including: popcorn, Basmati and long grain rice varieties, soybeans, corn, cotton and oats.

  • Chris Morris Managing Director & CFO

    Mr. Morris is a co-founder of LandFund Partners and oversees financial analysis, due diligence, treasury, and investor relations. Mr. Morris received his Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Economics from Centre College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude. At Centre, Mr. Morris was a three time All-American, NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Champion and Jack Nicklaus Player of the Year. After pursuing a professional golf career, Mr. Morris was a Senior Associate at Commonwealth Economics, a regional economic and financial consultancy. He is active in the Nashville non-profit community, was named one of Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Phoenix Club of Nashville. Mr. Morris has attained the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation.

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