Survey says Iowa farmland values rose despite challenges

Published: Dec. 12, 2019 at 8:27 AM CST
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An Iowa State University survey says farmland values in the state rose 2.3% over the past year, despite the trade disputes and declining income.

A report released Wednesday says it's only the second increase in six years. An Iowa State economist says low interest rates, strong yields and a limited amount of available land helped boost the statewide average to $7,432 an acre.

But the figure is about 15% below the 2013 high of $8,716 an acre. Farmers still face challenges from the ongoing U.S.-China trade war, which has led to lower commodity prices and weaker farm income.

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