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Press Release on Land Tenure and Conservation

A survey of Iowa landowners conducted by Iowa State University suggests that adoption of conservation practices has increased slightly since 2012, and that ongoing trends in land ownership and management are likely barriers to a number of conservation practices.

2017 Iowa Farmland Ownership & Tenure Survey Paper Copy Available for Order

Farmland is arguably a farmer’s single largest investment item, a major source of collateral, and a key component of the farmer’s debt portfolio. As a result, changes in the farmland market and the implications for farmland owners, tenants, and beginning farmers are of interest to policymakers, landowners, producers, and researchers. Using a statistically representative sample of Iowa landowners in July 2017, this study provides an update to the Iowa Farmland Ownership and Tenure survey series and a 35-year perspective on many aspects of land ownership, land tenure, and land transitions.

The new, 60-page 2017 Iowa Farmland Ownership and Tenure Survey report is available for order at the Extension Store for only $5 each paper copy. This is a unique survey across the nation which provides statistically representative information on many aspects of land ownership, tenure and transitions in Iowa. For example, the survey finds that 60% of Iowa land is owned by people 65 years or older, 82% of Iowa land is owned free of debt, and 29% of all acres is primarily owned for family or sentimental reasons.

Authors: Wendong Zhang, Alejandro Plastina and Wendiam Sawadgo

Press Conference about the 2017 Iowa Farmland Ownership and Tenure Survey results


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