Iowa Land Value  ·  Ownership

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.

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

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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Webinar: Who Owns, Rents and Buys Farmland Today?


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