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Ag Innovations Showcase

Ag Innovations Showcase



This presentation was given by Stephen Carr, managing member of TerraManus Technologies at the first ever Ag Innovations Showcase held at the Danforth Plant and Science Center in St. Louis, MO

This presentation was given by Stephen Carr, managing member of TerraManus Technologies at the first ever Ag Innovations Showcase held at the Danforth Plant and Science Center in St. Louis, MO

150 people, drawn from the investment community, large agribusiness, experts in agriculture and biosciences, and top-notch innovators eagerly engaged in conversation and exploration.



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    • 1
      TerraManus Technologies LLCSoil Conditioning & Cropping Systems
    • Overview
      TerraManus Technologies LLC develops Soil Conditioning and Cropping Systems
      designed to address a variety of divergent issues and be the reconciling link between competing ag-related economic & environmental interests worldwide
      Tap $100 billion+ ag implement market
      Seek Strategic Partnersto commercialize our technologies in order to position the company to be acquired
    • Management Team
      Stephen Carr CEO Co-Founder with over 12 yrs of Ag development, commercialization & management experience
      Gregg Whittaker CFO Entrepreneur and former Managing Director with Chase Securities in NYC, specializing in strategic planning and management of start-up companies
      Darrell Norton Research Manager President, PedoTechnologies and world renowned expert in soil management
      Tony Hartlage Production ManagerOwner and Manager, Hartlage Plastics Manufacturing; plastics industry expert
      Thomas Page Manager Owner/Manager, large farming operation providing hands on experience in ag industry
    • Farmers across the globe struggle . . .
      . . . to reducecosts and increase yields
      . . . while run-off pollutes our waterways
      . . . as aquifer levels are falling
      . . . and the earth is losing top soil
      . . . when Governments impose strict soil
      and water conservation standards
      . . . knowing the bio-fuel market is booming, but requires greater access to cheaper crops
      The Problem – Econ vs. Environ
      The current balance between economics and
      the environment is simply not sustainable
    • TerraStar is a patented, inflatable, molded poly wheel
      that creates reservoirs or weir systems of geometrically-ordered
      roughness™ (GOR) which:
      consolidate soil (not compact)
      increase soil surface area
      hold water where it falls
      manage water flow
      improve water infiltration
      enhance soil quality, stability and productivity
      The Solution – TerraStar ®
    • The TerraStar technology is designed to:
      • Increase crop yields and enhance plant health (see pictures of corn roots at right: top – control, bottom – TerraStar prototype)
      • Reduce labor, chemical and water costs
      • Recharge aquifers and reverse desertification through improved water management and increased infiltration
      • Reduce soil erosion and water run-off
      • Reduce pollution of waterways
      • Improve soil quality by increased residual soil moisture and enhanced stability
      The Solution – TerraStar
    • Company Position – PreRevenue
      Completed Field Testing
      Manufacturing Processes in Place
      Created Distribution Channel
      Defined Market Potential
      Search for strategic partners to drive market demand
      Position the company for acquisition within 12-24 months
    • TerraStar Field Testing
      “. . . each [TerraStar] reservoir will capture 2/3 of a pound of sediment per inch of rainfall.
      When this is converted to a per acre basis, the TerraStar system has the potential to trap 30 tons of soil per acre per inch of rainfall.”
      Soil Erosion Study – Dr. Darrell Norton, President of PedoTechnologies, Inc. and TerraManus Technologies LLC Manager, June 2006
      no run off
      Control plot on left and TerraStar prototype plot on right
    • Almost 100% of rainfall was harvested and there was no significant evidence of soil erosion or run-off
      Central Mexico Study , University of Queretaro, Dr. Eusabio Ventura & Dr. Darrell Norton (2003 – 2006)
      TerraStar Field Testing
    • Tomatoes 42% increase in yields
      Improved appearance and consistency
      No staking required in TerraStar plot ($1,500 per acre savings)
      Potatoes 21% increase in yields
      Improved consistency & appearance
      Corn 12% increase in yields
      Improved plant structure
      9” rainfall in 24 hours (spring ’08), TerraStar plot corn undamaged
      TerraStar reduces nitrate levels in watershed by about 50%
      TerraStarField Testing
      Arise Research & Discovery (2006 – present)
    • Manufacturing and Distribution
      TerraStars are manufactured by
      VH Manufacturing, Inc.
      a leader in the production of plastic agricultural parts
      TerraStars are distributed primarily via the existing sales and marketing networks of our strategic partners
      May Wes Mfg.(a subsidiary of Pride Solutions, LLC) is currently our sole strategic partner
      a market leader in manufacturing and distributing durable,
      high-quality polyethylene attachments for agricultural implements
    • Diversified Market Potential
      Corn & Soybean Growers
      Vertical Markets
      Vegetable Growers
      Industy Site Prep
      Landscape &
      Turf Industry
      Livestock Producers
      Strip Mining
      “Green” Agencies
      Third World
      Countries & NGO
    • Market Estimates
      Estimated Unit Sales
      Market Penetration
      1historical market penetration rates for hybrid corn
      2estimated market penetration rates for TerraStar
      3approximately 30 TerraStars per implement unit sale
      4TerraStar implement developed for the 1.4 billion farmers in LDCs (see picture at right)
    • Opportunity
      Additional Strategic Partners
      to position TerraStar technology as a BMP and to drive market demand in conjunction with their products
      to integrate TerraStars within their tillage/planting implements and attachments and drive sales via their existing marketing and distribution channels
      Attract Interested Investors
      With less than 1% market penetration, TerraManus could have an enterprise value of approximately $1 billion
      We anticipate selling the company within 12 – 24 months
      We are currently raising an additional $500,000
      in equity funding via the sale of participating preferred equity in order to fund our ongoing research and operations
    • Conclusion
      TerraManus Technologies LLCSoil Conditioning & Cropping Systems
      The reconciling link between competing economic and environmental interests around the world
      TerraStarusage addresses a variety of environmental issues, including soil and water management effectiveness while increasing crop yields and reducing input costs