Team | Ag Solutions Capital

Meet Our Team

Justin Burns

Justin Burns

Founder

I was fortunate to be born and raised in rural Oregon in and around agriculture surrounded by those whose lives – directly and indirectly – relied on agriculture. Those dedicated to agriculture make it great and that’s why I choose to work in this field.

Since graduating from Oregon State University and Willamette University College of Law, I have benefitted from personal and professional lessons from successful owners, operators, and advisors across the agricultural spectrum. From these experiences, I have observed pervasive practicality, loyalty, generosity, and modesty and witnessed these qualities’ contributions to operational success. Most of all, however, I have watched generational transfers of not just knowledge and assets but perseverance and innovation.

Agricultural knowledge is extraordinarily unique and is passed on primarily through family and personal relationships and experience. In addition to working personally with family and friends in dryland, irrigated row crop, and cattle and sheep operations, I have worked professionally in the purchase, sale, leasing, financing, structuring, succession, management, and operation of a variety of agricultural assets and operations of all sizes across the United States and Canada.

I am motivated to share what I have learned from my experience and those before me. I want to give back to agriculture just like agriculture has given to me and my family. I have been lucky to work with others with similar backgrounds, perspectives, values, and desires. A few of us found each other at the right time and formed Ag Solutions Capital. We hope that the combination and diversity of our knowledge and experience will promote the reliable advance of agricultural innovation and the valuable contributions of agriculture to our society and economy.

Todd Johnson

Todd Johnson

Founder

Like many of the Ag Solutions Capital’s team, I grew up in a family tied to the land. In my case, this connection was in the field of landscape architecture and ecological design. From my early youth, I had the privilege of joining my grandfather, a landscape architect and artist, on design visits to botanical gardens, marinas, corporate headquarters, and college campuses. This upbringing was the beginning of my passion for thoughtful design, development, and utilization of rural and urban lands for their highest and best uses.

While studying at Wheaton College, I developed an interest in agriculture leading me to take an immersive internship at a diversified farm. This experience gave me exposure to the many challenges and opportunities along the agricultural market value chain.

Following college, I was fortunate to continue to expand my agricultural interest and experience while developing investment skill at Resource Land Holdings (“RLH”), a leading private equity investment firm in natural resource real estate market. While also directing investments in timber and other non-agriculture asset types, my primary responsibility and focus was on RLH’s varied agriculture investments throughout the United States. For the last several years, as a founding partner at Avodah Capital Group, I have led sourcing and capitalization of industrial manufacturing, development land, retail, office, and other commercial real estate investments.

At both RLH and Avodah, creatively partnering with operators has been a key to unlocking and realizing value on investments. Through a career of partnering with the people, farmers, and operators that create value in their businesses and properties, I bring a deep value for relationships and an appreciation for the importance of aligning the goals and interests of operators, investors, lenders, and others. With Ag Solutions Capital, I enjoy working with our clients and partners to solve unique challenges with creative and innovative solutions.

Justin Ersch

Justin Ersch

Founder

From young age, I learned of the vast scope of risks and the creativity and innovation required to create sustainable success in production agriculture from my family’s dryland hay operation in Texas. This ethic was engrained into me during my development and is present in my approach today.

Subsequent to graduating from Baylor University in business I utilized the experiential knowledge from my youth in the real estate private equity space specializing in equity investments in agricultural land and operations and other resource based real estate investments. With extensive experience in capital structure optimization which balances the near-term profitability and long-term stability of an operation, I employ an ownership mentality in the key decisions that operators must make when deciding how to capitalize the opportunities presented to them.

In addition to Ag Solutions Capital, I am a member in an agricultural research operations business in which we manage test plots across the US corn belt for a global leader in agribusiness.

I am excited to work on multifaceted problems requiring complex innovative solutions collaboratively at Ag Solutions Capital with an extremely talented team with a diverse set of experiences.