Iowa Survey: Aging Farmers – Limited Land Sales

🕔Jul 2, 2018An Iowa State University study shows that the age of Iowa’s farmland owners continues to rise, with a record high 35 percent aged 75 years or older in 2017.   Sixty percent were […]

Texas Ag Law: Grandma’s Will – Family Feud – What is a Life Estate?

🕔May 29, 2018Vada Allen owned a 316 acre ranch in Robertson County.  Upon her death, she was survived by her son, Bobby, and three grandchildren, Annette, Allison, and Stanley.  Her will included […]

Farmland Transition: When Grandma and Grandpa Don’t Plan Well

🕔May 14, 2018Grandpa and Grandma farmed. They retired. They had two irrigated quarters. They had two sons with their own farming operations. So, their transition plan was to give a quarter to […]

Ag Lending: MetLife Hits Record For Its Ag Loan Portfolio

🕔Apr 2, 2018MetLife announced today that its institutional asset management platform originated $2.9 billion in global agricultural loans in 2017, pushing its ag mortgage portfolio to $15.3 billion. In a press release, […]

Kansas City Fed: Stable Land Values Offsetting Low Commodity Values

🕔Feb 15, 2018Farm real estate markets in the Tenth District remained relatively stable in the fourth quarter of 2017. The district covers Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and portions of western Missouri and […]

Cropland Use Has Declined 11% Since 1949 – USDA

🕔Dec 27, 2017Land use and land-use change have important economic and environmental implications for commodity production and trade, soil and water conservation, and other policy issues. Changes in land use occur for […]

Farmland Values: Leaseback Sales Growing with Sellers and Buyers – DTN

🕔Dec 8, 2017A father-son operation in Logan County, Illinois, contacted John Kirkpatrick last year in search of an investment buyer for their 1,167-acre farm. They had built the farm up and wanted […]

Farmland Values: It’s All About Supply and Demand – DTN

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🕔Dec 7, 2017The region generating the most concern when it comes to declining land values continues to be the Corn Belt.  According to the latest USDA land values report, five Corn Belt […]

Michigan: Sound Cash Rental Decisions for Landowners

🕔Oct 20, 2017What would be the cash rental rate for my farmland? This is a frequent question from landowners who call the Michigan State University Extension county offices for a quick answer. Different agencies […]

USDA Statistics: Accuracy Lacking on Cash Rents and Crop Estimates, Study Says – DTN

🕔Oct 13, 2017The National Academy of Sciences wants USDA’s lead statistical agency to develop new systems for gathering information for crop reports and other surveys. In a report released Wednesday, the National […]

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