PacificAg claims to be the country's largest and most experienced biomass harvest company. The company is helping growers see increased profits in the emerging biomass markets. The company provides a comprehensive suite of services that allow growers to further diversify their operations and experience additional revenue.
As founder and CEO Bill Levy describes the growth of the company, he notes they got their start in Oregon but is now widespread in several states. Oregon has a grass seed crop that leaves a large amount of residue and when burning was banned, growers needed new options such as other markets and other uses for residue. PacificAg stepped in to provide residue management solutions for that market and continues to do so in other markets.
"For growers, I think PacificAg is an easy solution for managing residue," said Levy. "The grower doesn't need to invest in capital in both equipment and people necessary to perform the harvest. They can really focus on their primary harvest and let PacificAg come in with the latest equipment and skilled staff and manage that residue to the right level and make sure it's performed sustainably as well."
The most recent call for residue management assistance has come from the bioenergy market. There is a growing need for corn stover and wheat straw products and Levy and his team have discovered that not all growers in this region are accustomed to removing this supply. There are concerns among growers about how removing residue will affect their soil and Levy says their program has been developed around sustainability. Levy stresses that sustainability is different on each farm and on each acre and their residue management program for each grower is built around this tenant.
"The great thing about residue management is that it's unlocking value for a grower," said Harrison Pettit, a partner with PacificAg. "One of the unique things that we do is that we connect and understand a grower's needs and tailor a residue management program to fit these needs. We're linking this with a long-term, year round bioenergy conversion plant. So it's the first time a specific company like PacificAg has been matched with a long-term marketplace. This enables growers to unlock value that hasn't existed before."
Like any other new income stream, biomass residue harvesting strengthens and diversifies a grower's operation over the long-term. "That is a value to the community at large because it's new dollars coming in to the community," said Pettit. "It strengthens the economic profile of a grower's operations and their relationship with the bank. The bankers then see a new line item of revenue coming so everybody wins."
While there are other companies dabbling in this space, Pettit says PacificAg has built its business by providing excellent service to the grower. "That's where everything begins and everything ends," he said.
"We do this by first being responsive—responsive to their schedules and responsive to their needs. We're able to do this because we have the largest biomass harvest fleet in the U.S.
Pettit also stressed PacificAg provides prompt payment and they are linked to a stable, long-term market. "We're building the largest crop residue management program in the country, so we're not here today and gone tomorrow like a lot of commodity and feed markets that get hot and cold. We're here to stay."
PacificAg wants to share the benefit of their experience and turn that into long-term returns for growers. If you are a corn, wheat or milo grower who lives within 100 miles of an advanced ethanol biorefinery, is looking for new markets for their biomass and is interested in adding a new revenue stream to their operations, then the company wants to hear from them.
PacificAg is available at 847-868-3744, and a PacificAg biomass harvest manager replies to each caller.