AGD Consulting is a US-based, veteran-owned firm offering advisory services and customized investment research trips designed to provide investors with a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience about Latin American agriculture. AGD Consulting’s Founder/Manager, Michael DeSa, is an experienced Latin American land owner and farmer and a former Marine Corps Officer. Michael’s technical background (B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from Texas A&M University), years of management and problem solving experience in the Marine Corps, and his extensive travels throughout the region make him uniquely qualified to lead every investment trip and provide expert advisory services for private, HNWI, and institutional investors seeking to diversify into this sector. Michael’s consulting services include, but are not limited to, sourcing, boots-on-the-ground due diligence, agricultural investment analysis, risk assessment and mitigation, land management, and ownership structuring. AGD Consulting strives to match the right investor to the right investment given individual or organizational needs.
His degree in Agricultural Engineering from Texas A&M University has proven extraordinarily useful in buying, selling, and managing property in Latin America. Michael is currently a partner in the ownership of an agricultural-based investment in San Rafael, Argentina. Their family’s fully-managed and operational Argentina farm is a mix of alfalfa and thousands of plum and pear trees. They are also conducting feasibility studies on the viability of raising cattle in the near future. Additionally, Michael and his family are co-managers of a nearly self-sufficient farm in Texas, raising a variety of traditional agricultural crops, hydroponic greenhouse produce, bees, and multiple breeds of chickens for eggs and meat.
In 2015, Michael designed and executed a 6-month, 6-country investment research trip to Latin America in order to gain first-hand experience about different agricultural practices and financial markets before personally investing in Argentina himself. During a year’s worth of research and boots-on-the ground experience, Michael conducted over 100 unique agricultural site visits in six countries (Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Panama); providing him with an invaluable sense of perspective and breadth of knowledge about a variety of asset classes and agricultural practices. Let Michael use his first-hand experience, education, and network of contacts across the region to offer you expert analysis and experience-based advisory services, all designed to showcase Latin American agriculture as a formidable alternative asset class.
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