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2008 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.

2008 News Conference Coverage

Results of the 2008 Iowa Farmland Value Survey were announced at a news conference Tuesday, Dec. 16. The news conference was streamed live on the Web. An archived version is available

General Information

News Release on 2008 Land Values distributed on Dec. 16, 2008. Includes tables comparing 2008 and 2007 values by county and by crop reporting district.


.jpg format (for onscreen viewing only):

Map 1: 2008 and 2007Iowa Land Values
Map 2: Percentage Change in Iowa Land Values, 2007 to 2008
Map 3: 2008 Iowa Land Values by Crop Reporting District
Map 4: Percentage Change in Iowa Land Values, 2007 to 2008 (ranking)
Map 5: 2008 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 Slides

Prepared for the Dec. 16, 2008, news conference. View a complete slide show or select individual slides. (Also available in a PowerPoint file.)

Historical Data

Results from previous surveys are available at the links below:

2007 Survey
2006 Survey
2005 Survey
2004 Survey
2003 Survey
2002 Survey
2001 Survey
2000 Survey

For Iowa Land Value Survey information, including county and crop district data for 1950 - 2000, visit the Regional Capacity Analysis Program data site at

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Last update: December 16, 2008