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2003 Iowa Land Value Survey

Welcome! This page contains information about the Iowa Land Value Survey, directed by Michael Duffy, Iowa State University extension farm management specialist and professor of economics. The survey has been conducted annually since 1941, and is the only statewide survey that collects information on land values in each of Iowa's 99 counties.

2003 News Conference Coverage

Held Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at 10 a.m., at Scheman Continuing Education Center, Iowa State University.

Archived Audio Stream (Winamp, RealOne, Windows Media, or other equivalent media player required.)

General Information

News Release on 2003 Land Values distributed on Dec. 17, 2003. Includes tables comparing 2003 and 2002 values by county and by crop reporting district.


Gif format (for onscreen viewing only):

Map 1: 2003 and 2002 Iowa Land Values
Map 2: Percentage Change in Iowa Land Values, 2002 to 2003
Map 3: 2003 Iowa Land Values by Crop Reporting District
Map 4: Percentage Change in Iowa Land Values, 2002 to 2003 (ranking)
Map 5: 2003 Iowa Land Values (dollar ranking)

PDF format (requires Acrobat reader), for printing camera-ready copies:

Files include the five maps listed above, and a camera-ready version of the table.


For additional details, see this briefing paper prepared by Michael Duffy.

PowerPoint Transparencies

Prepared for the Dec. 17, 2003, news conference. View a complete slide show or select individual slides from the list below. (Also available in a PowerPoint file.)

1. Iowa Land Value Survey 2003

2. Statewide Average

3. High Grade Land

4. Medium Grade Land

5. Low Grade Land

6. Northwest

7. North Central

8. Northeast

9. West Central

10. Central

11. East Central

12. Southwest

13. South Central

14. Southeast

15. 2003 Average Values

16. Percentage Changes

17. Average Value - All Grades (Nominal Dollars)

18. Average Value - All Grades 1982-84 Dollars)

19. Percentage Change (Nominal Dollars)

20. Percentage Change (1982-84 Dollars)

21.2003 Land Buyers

22. Land Buyers 1989 - 2003

23. 2003 Sales Activity

24. Sales Activity - 1987-2003

25. Positive Factors

26. Negative Factors

27. Distribution of Iowa Farmland by Ownership Type

28. Distribution of Iowa Farmland by Tenure Type

29. Distribution of Iowa Farmland by Financing Method

30. Distribution of Iowa Farmland by Age of Owner

31. Distribution of Iowa Farmland by Residence of Owner

32. For More Information

2002 Land Value Survey

Historical Data

For Iowa Land Value Survey information, including county and crop district data for 1950 - 2000, visit the Office of Social and Economic Trend Analysis data site at


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Last update: December 17, 2003