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Ag Innovations Showcase


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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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Ag Innovations Showcase

  1. 1. 1<br />TerraManus Technologies LLCSoil Conditioning & Cropping Systems<br />
  2. 2. Overview<br /> TerraManus Technologies LLC develops Soil Conditioning and Cropping Systems<br /> designed to address a variety of divergent issues and be the reconciling link between competing ag-related economic & environmental interests worldwide<br />Tap $100 billion+ ag implement market<br />Seek Strategic Partnersto commercialize our technologies in order to position the company to be acquired<br />
  3. 3. Management Team<br />Stephen Carr CEO Co-Founder with over 12 yrs of Ag development, commercialization & management experience<br />Gregg Whittaker CFO Entrepreneur and former Managing Director with Chase Securities in NYC, specializing in strategic planning and management of start-up companies<br />Darrell Norton Research Manager President, PedoTechnologies and world renowned expert in soil management<br />Tony Hartlage Production ManagerOwner and Manager, Hartlage Plastics Manufacturing; plastics industry expert<br />Thomas Page Manager Owner/Manager, large farming operation providing hands on experience in ag industry<br />
  4. 4. Farmers across the globe struggle . . .<br />. . . to reducecosts and increase yields<br />. . . while run-off pollutes our waterways<br />. . . as aquifer levels are falling<br />. . . and the earth is losing top soil<br />. . . when Governments impose strict soil <br /> and water conservation standards<br />. . . knowing the bio-fuel market is booming, but requires greater access to cheaper crops<br />The Problem – Econ vs. Environ<br />The current balance between economics and<br /> the environment is simply not sustainable<br />
  5. 5. TerraStar is a patented, inflatable, molded poly wheel<br />that creates reservoirs or weir systems of geometrically-ordered <br />roughness™ (GOR) which: <br /> consolidate soil (not compact)<br /> increase soil surface area<br /> hold water where it falls<br /> manage water flow<br /> improve water infiltration<br /> enhance soil quality, stability and productivity<br />The Solution – TerraStar ®<br />
  6. 6. The TerraStar technology is designed to:<br /><ul><li>Increase crop yields and enhance plant health (see pictures of corn roots at right: top – control, bottom – TerraStar prototype)
  7. 7. Reduce labor, chemical and water costs
  8. 8. Recharge aquifers and reverse desertification through improved water management and increased infiltration
  9. 9. Reduce soil erosion and water run-off
  10. 10. Reduce pollution of waterways
  11. 11. Improve soil quality by increased residual soil moisture and enhanced stability</li></ul>The Solution – TerraStar<br />
  12. 12. Company Position – PreRevenue<br />Completed Field Testing<br />Manufacturing Processes in Place<br />Created Distribution Channel<br />Defined Market Potential<br />Search for strategic partners to drive market demand<br />Position the company for acquisition within 12-24 months<br />
  13. 13. TerraStar Field Testing<br />“. . . each [TerraStar] reservoir will capture 2/3 of a pound of sediment per inch of rainfall.<br />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.”<br />Soil Erosion Study – Dr. Darrell Norton, President of PedoTechnologies, Inc. and TerraManus Technologies LLC Manager, June 2006<br />no run off<br />Control plot on left and TerraStar prototype plot on right<br />
  14. 14. Almost 100% of rainfall was harvested and there was no significant evidence of soil erosion or run-off<br />Central Mexico Study , University of Queretaro, Dr. Eusabio Ventura & Dr. Darrell Norton (2003 – 2006)<br />TerraStar<br />Control<br />TerraStar Field Testing<br />
  15. 15. Tomatoes 42% increase in yields<br />Improved appearance and consistency<br />No staking required in TerraStar plot ($1,500 per acre savings)<br />Potatoes 21% increase in yields<br /> Improved consistency & appearance<br />Corn 12% increase in yields<br />Improved plant structure<br />Erosion<br />9” rainfall in 24 hours (spring ’08), TerraStar plot corn undamaged<br />Nitrates<br />TerraStar reduces nitrate levels in watershed by about 50%<br />TerraStarField Testing<br />Arise Research & Discovery (2006 – present)<br />
  16. 16. Manufacturing and Distribution<br />TerraStars are manufactured by<br />VH Manufacturing, Inc.<br />a leader in the production of plastic agricultural parts <br /><br />TerraStars are distributed primarily via the existing sales and marketing networks of our strategic partners<br />May Wes Mfg.(a subsidiary of Pride Solutions, LLC) is currently our sole strategic partner <br />a market leader in manufacturing and distributing durable, <br />high-quality polyethylene attachments for agricultural implements<br /> <br />
  17. 17. Diversified Market Potential<br />Corn & Soybean Growers<br />Additional <br />Vertical Markets<br />Vegetable Growers<br />Construction <br />Industy Site Prep<br />Landscape & <br />Turf Industry<br />Livestock Producers<br />Strip Mining <br />Industry<br />Environmental <br />“Green” Agencies<br />Government <br />Agencies<br />Third World <br />Countries & NGO<br />
  18. 18. Market Estimates<br />Estimated Unit Sales<br />Market Penetration<br />1historical market penetration rates for hybrid corn<br />2estimated market penetration rates for TerraStar<br />3approximately 30 TerraStars per implement unit sale<br />4TerraStar implement developed for the 1.4 billion farmers in LDCs (see picture at right)<br />
  19. 19. Opportunity<br />Additional Strategic Partners<br />to position TerraStar technology as a BMP and to drive market demand in conjunction with their products<br /> to integrate TerraStars within their tillage/planting implements and attachments and drive sales via their existing marketing and distribution channels<br />Attract Interested Investors<br />With less than 1% market penetration, TerraManus could have an enterprise value of approximately $1 billion<br />We anticipate selling the company within 12 – 24 months<br />We are currently raising an additional $500,000<br /> in equity funding via the sale of participating preferred equity in order to fund our ongoing research and operations<br />
  20. 20. Conclusion<br />TerraManus Technologies LLCSoil Conditioning & Cropping Systems<br />The reconciling link between competing economic and environmental interests around the world<br />TerraStarusage addresses a variety of environmental issues, including soil and water management effectiveness while increasing crop yields and reducing input costs<br />15<br />