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2005 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.

2005 News Conference Coverage

Results of the 2005 Iowa Farmland Value Survey were announced at a news conference Tuesday, Dec. 13. The news conference was streamed live on the Web, and an archived version is available at the following web site:

General Information

News Release on 2005 Land Values distributed on Dec. 13, 2005. Includes tables comparing 2005 and 2004 values by county and by crop reporting district.


Gif format (for onscreen viewing only):

Map 1: 2005 and 2004 Iowa Land Values
Map 2: Percentage Change in Iowa Land Values, 2004 to 2005
Map 3: 2005 Iowa Land Values by Crop Reporting District
Map 4: Percentage Change in Iowa Land Values, 2004 to 2005 (ranking)
Map 5: 2005 Iowa Land Values (dollar ranking)

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

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. 13, 2005, 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 2005

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. 2005 Average Values

16. Average Value - All Grades (Nominal Dollars)

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

18. Percentage Changes

19. Percentage Change (Nominal Dollars)

20. Percentage Change (1982-84 Dollars)

21.2005 Land Buyers

22. Land Buyers 1989 - 2005

23. 2005 Sales Activity

24. Sales Activity - 1987-2005

25. Positive Factors

26. Negative Factors

27. For More Information

2004 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 13, 2005