Learn about TIAA-CREF’s approach to farmland investing


On March 13 TIAA-CREF launched the Center for Farmland Research at the University of Illinois, which is the next step in our growing commitment and presence in farmland investing.

The Center, which will focus on land values and the financial aspects of farm management, resides within the University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. It will also provide financial and research support for Farmdoc, the University’s online research report and database on farmland financial data and analysis.

Agriculture investment continues to be a critical component for meeting increasing demand from developing economies and alternative energy mandates for food, fiber and fuel. By 2030, for example, the world’s farmland will likely have to support a population of more than eight billion people — an increase that will require a 25 percent boost in agricultural productivity.1

TIAA-CREF started investing in farmland in 2007. Since then, we have become one of the largest institutional owners and managers of farmland in the world, managing approximately $3 billion in high-quality farmland — more than 500 properties totaling more than 980,000 acres — in major grain-producing regions including the United States, Australia, South America and Eastern Europe, typically leasing the land to local farmers.

To read more about our approach to farmland investing, please visit the following areas of our website:

  • Pioneering sustainable farmland investing, a conversation on socially responsible investing in agriculture investing with Jose Minaya, Managing Director, Head of TIAA-CREF’s Global Natural Resources and Infrastructure Investments.
  • The real appeal of real assets, an article looking at investments in real assets such as farmland and timber by Heather Davis, Senior Managing Director, TIAA-CREF Global Private Markets.