Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference Sets a Record

Michael Duffy, Faculty, Department of Economics

Situation:

Iowa land values have soared in the past few months.  Fed by the bioeconomy, we have seen increases in land values approaching those seen in the mid-1970s.  Professional farm managers, real estate brokers, appraisers, lenders and others in the real estate market need up to date information

Objective:
The purpose of the conference is to provide professionals with current information to help them with their decision making and to better serve their clients

Activities/Output:

This was the 80th annual conference, the longest running conference on the ISU campus.  The conference program is determined by an outside farm study group.  This year set a recent time record attendance

Impact/Outcomes:

The overall evaluations were extremely positive.  When asked to estimate the value of the conference to them, the average responses was $300.  This puts the value of the conference to ISU clients at approximately $100,000.  This is in addition to the registration fee and income generated for Continuing Education.  Approximately half the respondents received 6 hours of continuing education credits in real estate and appraisal.

June 18, 2007
120 - Farm and Business Management

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