FarmAfield provides a marketplace of agricultural production contracts designed to streamline collaborations between people who care about agriculture. We let you buy crops and livestock with the click of a button, and then we pay trusted farmers and ranchers to raise and care for them. Meanwhile, you can keep track of their progress on your virtual farm and then receive the proceeds from their sale.
If you purchase agricultural products through our marketplace, we arrange for the completion of their production through our network of trusted producers depending on their location, availability, etc., so we reserve the right to choose the best producer at the time of purchase.
If you have a pre-existing relationship with a producer, landowner, or investor and would like to streamline your partnership using our online system, please contact us to learn about ways we can make your life easier. If you know a reputable producer who is not currently part of our producer network but might be a good fit, please let us know here to start the application process. We screen producers to ensure they are savvy, trustworthy, and efficient before adding them to our trusted network.
FarmAfield allows you to purchase nearly any amount, subject to the current capacity within our network of producers for your desired product.
Once you sign up for an account, we will guide you through three simple steps to link your bank and fund your account. If you prefer to pay by check or alternative methods, please follow the links on your account page.
Each timeline will vary based on the particular product you have purchased, so please check the details on the purchase page before buying. Feeder cattle, for example, typically have a contract duration of approximately 6 months.
When your products reach the end of their production cycle, they are sold and you receive the proceeds.
FarmAfield has worked with the online payment processor Stripe to ensure payment security.
FarmAfield charges a procurement fee based on your purchase size and then receives a tenth of your net proceeds. Payment processing fees depend on your chosen form of payment and transaction size but range from 0%-0.8%. A detailed breakdown of our fees is available here.
All of the producers in our network have agreed to help us provide regular updates detailing expenses incurred, progress metrics, and changes to the original production schedule. You will be able to access these updates at any time in your online account.
The producers in our network are experts in their fields and provide management recommendations based on years of experience. For the average user, all that is needed is to approve the proposed management plan at the time of purchase. Please contact us if you have alternate requests not included in the proposed management plan, and we will do our best to accommodate you.
It requires more experience to be added to our producer network. Please contact us if you are a producer who keeps detailed records and has a history of outperforming the averages, and we can begin the review process.
FarmAfield currently requires a commitment for the entirety of the production cycle of your purchased goods, but we’re developing real-time pricing models that will allow you to sell your products at any time during the production cycle. Be sure to review the estimated duration of the production cycles for any products you are considering before making your purchases.
Cattle openings are available year-round, but cattle markets can be volatile so we recommend spreading your purchases throughout the year rather than trying to predict the seasonality of the markets, but the choice is yours.