Raptor Ag, LLC, was founded in January 2016 to pursue hazelnut development projects in Oregon, along with other permanent crop opportunities. The company has operations offices near Corvallis, Ore., and Marietta, Okla.; accounting offices in Murray, Ky.; and its headquarters is based in Edmond, Okla.
The company and its investing partners prefer to own the ground they operate and welcome inquiries from landowners that are interested in selling. Additionally, Raptor Ag also considers long-term leases. Leases are very landowner friendly while providing security to Raptor Ag over decades to generate a strong rate of return. Through acquisitions or leases, Raptor Ag provides financially attractive solutions for family farm generational transfers and absentee landowners. Raptor Ag requires ground be high quality soils with water rights.
Chris Eubanks, CEO, Partner
Chris has been an agriculture business development and agronomy consultant since 2011 and owns his own consulting and marketing firm. He has worked in the agriculture industry for more than 20 years. Many of Chris' clients over the past decade have been located in Oregon's Willamette Valley. As a result, he has spent a significant amount of time in the area, which furthered his knowledge of the hazelnut industry. Chris has consulted for some of the largest agriculture companies in the world, including CHS, Dow AgroSciences (now Corteva), Land O’Lakes, Agrium (now Nutrien) and others.
Chris also has experience in advanced agricultural techniques and developing cropping systems in challenging environments. He attended undergraduate and graduate school at the University of Arkansas.
Jason Perkins, Partner, & Dustin Faulkner, Partner
Jason and Dustin joined with Chris to found Raptor Ag, LLC, to diversify shareholders’ business ventures. Jason and Dustin are the founders and owners of Raptor Petroleum, an oil and gas exploration and drilling company, and Black Pearl Properties, a commercial and vacation rental real estate company.
Jason and Dustin have an impressive track record of identifying, developing and monetizing assets for its investing partners. Since 2007, not including Raptor Ag, the partners have transformed initial investments of one hundred fifty million dollars ($150,000,000) into six hundred sixty-seven million dollars ($667,000,000) in returns for its investing partners.
Jason and Dustin have worked closely with Chris in various capacities for more than a decade.
Brent LaFollette, Vice President of Western States
Brent has more than 30 years of experience in successful farming ventures in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Prior to transitioning his family farm into more than 200 acres of hazelnuts, Brent was one of the largest berry producers in Oregon. He also has experience in crop processing and marketing.
Along with extensive business and agronomy experience, Brent has custom-designed numerous farming implements. Brent attended Oregon State University where he received a bachelors degree in business management and a minor in crop science.
Kevin Porter, General Manager, South Valley Hazelnut Operation
Kevin has approximately 20 years experience in agriculture in the Willamette Valley, including managing large family and corporate farms. Kevin has extensive experience in hazelnuts, which includes managing a 600-acre hazelnut operation for several years.
Kevin’s skills extend beyond farm management. He is knowledgeable in agronomy, irrigation management, regulatory procedures, and fabrication of custom farming equipment. Additionally, he has management experience at a Fortune 500 transport/logistics company.
Jeff Hesser, General Manager, Oklahoma Pecan Operation
Jeff has more than 30 years experience in the agriculture industry, including developing a large improved pecan orchard operation in Oklahoma, managing large grain farms, and managing an agronomy department for a regional ag retailer. He has extensive experience in irrigation management, agronomy and machinery.
Jeff graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Agricultural Education.
Bill Gallagher, Special Projects Leader, former Oregon General Manager
Bill has called the Willamette Valley home for more than 20 years and has been involved in the agriculture industry for more than 30 years. Bill has held positions within the industry focused on crop production, agriculture operations (crop production and harvest, product conditioning, packaging, logistics) and personnel management.
Bill and Chris have worked closely together for more than eight years. Bill graduated from Washington State University with a B.S. in Agronomy. He stepped back from his responsibilities as General Manager of Raptor Ag in July 2020 to focus on the company's expansion plans for other crops and other geographies.