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Vieth, Perry AGRI15 CROPPED

Perry Vieth

President & CIO
Ceres Partners

Perry Vieth is chief executive officer of Ceres Partners. Ceres manages several agriculture focused funds including Ceres Farms, Hop Head Farms and Ceres Food & Agriculture Opportunity Fund. Ceres Farms is a diversified portfolio of U.S. farmland with over 210 farms consisting of 68,000 acres in eight states. Hop Head Farms is an operating business focused on growing, processing and distributing Midwest hops as well as European imported hops. Ceres Food & Agriculture Opportunity Fund is a private equity fund focused on unique agribusiness equity investments.

Perry previously served for ten years as chief investment officer at PanAgora Asset Management in Boston, where he was responsible for investment of fixed income and currency assets exceeding $7 billion. He also served as a portfolio manager at Fleet Investment advisors, Fuji Securities and Chicago Research & Trading Group, where he began his trading career at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in 1986.

From 1982 to 1986, Perry practiced law in Chicago specializing in securities and corporate law. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School with a J.D. and obtained a B.S. in accounting from Marquette University.

He is a chartered financial analyst and member of the Boston Securities Analyst Society. Perry serves on the University of Notre Dame Law School’s advisory council and several charitable organizations’ board of directors.

Ceres Farms

Ceres Farms is a USD 400 million + agricultural fund based in South Bend, IN. Ceres owns and leases over 67,000 acres of prime U.S. row crop farmland. Since inception in December 2007, Ceres has returned 14.1% net returns, outperforming the benchmark by over 300 basis points.

Ceres’ strategy aims to meet five key investment objectives:

  • Current income
  • Capital appreciation
  • Low volatility
  • Inflation protection
  • Hedge against a drawdown in equities

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