You have looked at more than one investing-strategy and there have been many, so we don't need to cover them here.
Let's take a fresh look at something new (at least I haven't heard of this before).
What has prompted this was putting the major problems in the world into one basket, connecting the dots and finding one thing that could solve the many problems over time. After years and thousands of hours of studying the various aspects of the many parts in this basket, I have concluded that kenaf farming as a major industry in the USA has the potential of solving many of these major problems and provide a long term strategy for investors.
Once my focus was directed to kenaf, the first step was to acquire kenaf seed. This is were the challenge began and has continued over the last 3 years. Currently there are no kenaf seed growing operations in the USA that I know of. Kenaf Partners USA has started a kenaf seed growing pilot program beginning in 2019 to address this challenge.
Starting out with the the ideas of what kenaf can be used for (25,000 different uses), myself and others began looking into harvesting equipment, markets and processors.
Seed harvesting equipment, seed handling and packaging equipment will be needed in 2020 and beyond. As the demand grows for kenaf seed, increased investing in the seed harvesting, handling and packaging equipment will be needed. At some point seed storage facilities on or near seed growing operations will also be needed and investors will want to participate in these as well. This is where our initial investing-strategy will be focused.
Sickle Mower ($300-$4,000).
John Deere 660i (2013 ($208,000 not including shipping)
There are some processors specializing in niche markets i.e. kenaf paper, kenaf animal bedding, kenaf grow mats, oil spill absorbents and even fire logs. One niche market for tinctures using the oil from the seed. These were companies with their own capital to invest in their name brand products. None of these companies had extra seed for sale and were importing seed to the US for their fiber/wood and seed oil extraction operations. Investing-strategy for these were self contained.
During the last 3 years I sold 100 seeds for $7.99 including shipping and marketed it on the internet. Customers came back to order again and wanted larger quantities. Who were these customers? One customer buys energy companies and wanted to test 600 acres by a coal plant and use the kenaf bio-mass to burn with the coal and possibly replace it.
Another was an established company having to import industrial hemp for the products they marketed.
I was even contacted by a hemp and kenaf processor for seed. An organic seed company recently purchased one variety of kenaf seed.
In 2018 my customers were growing 1-3 varieties of kenaf in 26 states. One of these customers included kenaf and soil research for their PhD. Two others working on their masters degree centered around kenaf (riparian restoration, bio-diesel, paper plates and utensils at a local school that grew kenaf and composted it). Kenaf seed was also donated to a Michigan Sate University research project for kenaf made solar electric panels (3 nano sheets thick and stronger than Kevlar) and high capacity storage batteries.
Currently I have customers in 28 states and multiple customers in some states. Based on phone conversations with some of these customers, there is no shortage of land that can be made available. There are even more prospects interested in kenaf just through word of mouth.
Should our kenaf seed growing pilot program result in at least one variety of kenaf (out of 31 varieties being tested) that can be viably grown for seed harvesting (acceptable germination rates and viable seed yield) in the North, Central and Southern States (latitudes 26N-50N), we can have successful seed growing operations in every state.
With 10 seed growing operations started in 2019, 90 seed growing operations in 2020 (we have 30 interested parties to date) and 600 possible in 2021 with estimated conservative seed yields sufficient to plant 600,000 acres by the end of 2021. This is enough to keep each of our seed growers with seed and extra to sell to kenaf fiber growers including corn, soy, cotton and wheat farmers as a rotational cash crop. Now is the time to start the conversation.
One of our seed growers is testing seed varieties in hoop houses in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana) utilizing hydroponic techniques and growing 3 seed crops/year to see if space restrictions vs multiple harvests makes this option viable.
Investing-strategy, using the critical path method, or critical path analysis, is an algorithm for scheduling a set of project activities. It is commonly used in conjunction with the program evaluation and review technique. Wikipedia
In 2019 Kenaf Partners USA will invest seed, cost of shipping seed (for participants in the kenaf seed growing pilot program), consulting services, web site, books (Free pdf book downloads), marketing promotions, press releases and more for existing and future kenaf partners. These have been done and will continue. This our way of Paying It Forward!
Critical Path and Investing-Strategy for kenaf industry is:
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