ISU Land Value Survey News Conference to be held December 15

Wendong Zhang, 515-294-2536;

November 17, 2020

Ames, IA – A news conference will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 15 to announce the results of the 2020 Iowa Land Value Survey conducted by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Please note the change in location from previous years—the conference will take place in room 9 of Curtiss Hall on the ISU campus in Ames.

If you plan to attend in person, please note that Iowa State requires face coverings in all campus buildings. For those who can’t attend the conference, a livestream will be available on YouTube at

Wendong Zhang, an assistant professor of economics and farm management specialist, will head the news conference and announce the 2020 findings. Printed materials will be provided at the conference, including Iowa land value data from 1950 to present, current land value data from all 99 counties, and a press release summarizing the 2020 results. Dr. Zhang will make himself available to reporters for follow-up questions or one-on-one interviews immediately following the presentation of results.

The ISU Land Value Survey is currently ongoing, if you are an agricultural professional knowledgeable about the farmland market who hasn’t participated in this year’s survey, you can participate in the ISU Land Value Survey online by December 1 at If you have questions regarding the survey please contact Dr. Wendong Zhang at or call 515-294-2536. You can also see the land value trends at the county, district, and state level since 1950 at the interactive Iowa Farmland Value Portal.

An archive of the video and the printed materials available at the conference will be posted on the CARD homepage soon after the conference.