David Muth, Jr. is the Managing Partner for Alternative Equity Advisors, the capital deployment affiliate for Peoples Company. David is an entrepreneur building businesses that focus on agriculture data service technologies, creating economic opportunities from sustainability and soil health focused management, and creating innovative land acquisition strategies that deliver improved investment returns.

David is trained as a mechanical engineer receiving his PhD from Iowa State University. He spent the first several years of his career building technologies in advanced biofuels in partnership with the US Department of Energy. In 2013 he co-founded AgSolver, Inc in Ames, IA, an agricultural data service start-up. David created and deployed a precision agriculture concept called Precision Business Planning that integrated vast data resources to deliver economically focused management strategies at the sub acre scale. Precision Business Planning strategies create a platform for simultaneously improving operating income, investor returns, and environmental performance outcomes. David is advising on multiple national scale efforts within USDA, commodity organizations, and large agribusinesses to deploy these strategies to economically improve conservation and soil health outcomes while providing net income benefits for land owners and operators.

David led the acquisition of AgSolver, Inc in 2017 by EFC Systems, Inc. an ag retail focused software and technology company. He continues to support the integration of AgSolver technology into EFC as the VP of Agronomic Planning and Sustainability. David maintains a daily presence in production agriculture through his farming operation that works with his family farming business where he grew up in North Central Iowa.

David is currently focused on building Alternative Equity Advisors as a premier land investment firm creating maximum financial returns for investment partners. His experience in agriculture technology data services coupled with actively managing farming interests provide unique perspective that deliver investment arbitrage opportunities for Alternative Equity Advisors’ clients. Alternative Equity Advisors delivers direct ownership, separate account investing for their clients. David is leading Alternative Equity Advisors to develop industry leading, technology driven analyses of land assets to build management strategies that deliver improved financial performance for investors and operators.


  • Awards
      • R&D 100 Award “OSG-Bullet”, R&D Magazine Top 100 Research Developments of 2010
      • Iowa State University Graduate College Research Excellence Award, 2012
      • US Dept. of Energy Nominee for “Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers” (PECASE), 2012
  • B.A. Luther College 2001 (Physics/Mathmatics)
  • M.S. Iowa State University, 2006 (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Ph.D. Iowa State University, 2012 (Mechanical Engineering)