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At Scythe & Spade, we've attracted a unique team of leaders with unmatched real-world experience in a wide range of ag-related disciplines. We're able to provide our clients with both strategic, long-term focus and hands-on, day-to-day execution.
Founder & President
An agribusiness consultant for more than 25 years, Brett MacNeil has a long history of helping his clients successfully profit from the unprecedented transformations in agribusiness.
Brett has a first-hand appreciation for the day-to-day challenges farmers and ranchers face, along with a passion for helping them preserve their way of life.
After putting himself through the University of Arizona (B.S. Agriculture with an emphasis in Animal Sciences), Brett quickly rose to Vice President and Designated Broker for a major agribusiness management company in Phoenix. In this position, he was deeply involved in nearly every aspect of the operation: farm management, finance, marketing, sales, acquisition analysis, contracting and negotiation, as well as government program management and compliance.
During graduate school in the 1990’s, Brett was one of the first to recognize how advances in information technology and finance could be harnessed to benefit producers and institutional farmland investors alike. Inspired by these insights, he launched Scythe & Spade in 1998.
In 2014, after selling portions of the business to key employees, Brett was recruited as Vice President and Director of Acquisitions and Dispositions for Hancock Agricultural Investment Group (HAIG), one of America’s largest and oldest institutional investors in farmland with a $3.0 billion portfolio of more than 300,000 acres under management. There he was responsible for leading HAIG’s farmland acquisition and disposition program, including sourcing, underwriting, due diligence and strategic alliances, giving him valuable experience from the perspective of an institutional investor.
An entrepreneur at heart, Brett returned to Scythe & Spade in 2017 armed with a renewed energy and a wealth of new insights to help his clients prosper in an ever-changing landscape.
Brett is a graduate of the Keller School of Management (MBA), a licensed real estate broker (Idaho, Oregon and Arizona), and an instrument-rated, private pilot. He is a board member of the Farm Financial Standards Council, as well as the Northwest Agribusiness Executive Seminar.
Manager of Geospatial Science
Kevin has two decades of experience using geospatial analytics and data science to optimize agricultural operations and wildlife habitat throughout the US with an emphasis in the West. He is the chief architect of Scythe and Spade’s FarmBase software to value farmland as well as track assets and farm management.
Prior to Scythe & Spade, Kevin worked with vineyards in property evaluation, farm efficiency and using GIS to maximize returns on agricultural operations. His work included both long-term planning such as overall property portfolio recommendations as well as providing real-time data and analytics for precision farming. Kevin’s work in precision farming and machine learning has included incorporating input data streams from satellites, aerial flights, tractor-based mapping, field sensors and informed sample points to monitor crop response and empower growers to make informed decisions on best land management practices. He has coupled these skills with key software programming resources to build real-time mobile farming applications for a billion-dollar portfolio of properties across 150,000 acres.
Throughout the West, Kevin has worked with agricultural commodity groups and irrigation districts to leverage geospatial products to manage water quality, track management practices and find opportunities for land owners to benefit from adopting wildlife-friendly farming practices. This work stemmed from this previous tenure at Ducks Unlimited where Kevin led geospatial planning practices across a seven-state region.
Kevin has an undergraduate degree from Cornel University in chemistry where he did work on agricultural chemical applications and plant genetics and a graduate degree in GIS and computer mapping from the University of Colorado where he did work on online GIS tools in water resource management.
chief operating officer
Matt Harrod is an agricultural economics and supply chain professional with over 20 years’ experience in specialty crop production, facility management, contract development and execution, supply risk management and hedging, as well as agricultural policy and investment analysis.
Over the last ten years he has served as a Deputy Agricultural Secretary in Indiana, Agricultural Economics and Strategy Manager for BP’s North American Biofuels group, and most recently Director of U.S. Supply Chain Development for Chemtex International’s cellulosic ethanol projects. Matt has designed and contracted multi-feedstock biomass supply chains totaling over 5 million tons and $246 million across multiple U.S. states.
He has extensively traveled professionally on four continents and has both a degree in agricultural economics and an MBA from Purdue University.
Patti Jo Snapp
Patti Jo Snapp is an Idahoan through and through, born in eastern Idaho with a passion for both agriculture and business management. Patti’s career has intersected at different points within the agriculture industry, working as an accountant for Harries Ranch Beef Company in Blackfoot, ID, and later for Supreme Potato Co. in Shelley, ID.
Patti Jo honed her business skills during 18 years at Hewlett-Packard in Corvallis, OR. She became a process analyst focused on implementation of new business processes, new product introductions, supply chain management, total quality improvement, and global execution of new processes, operating within several cross-functional teams.
After HP, PattiJo moved back to her agricultural roots, joining a Willamette Valley grass seed, berry, and vineyard business as Customer Service Manager. In addition to customer service, she handled all inventory control, had process control of six business units, and was in charge of developing and controlling a vineyard tasting room.
Finally, Patti Jo returned to Boise to spend more time with family and old friends, and now Scythe & Spade is enjoying her deep background and enthusiastic commitment to excellence.