Sponsored by the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and ISU Extension, the Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference is intended for farm managers, rural appraisers, real estate brokers and others interested in the land market in Iowa. The 2015 Conference program is coordinated by the Iowa Chapter of ASFMRA (American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers).

The Iowa Appraiser Examining Board has approved the conference for 6 hours of continuing education.  Additionally the Iowa Real Estate Commission has approved the conference for 6 hours of continuing education credits for renewal of a real estate and broker’s license. 

This is the longest running conference at Iowa State. It is designed for anyone who has an interest in agricultural land, land management, and land valuation. The program is planned each year by an independent group.

These presentations were given at the conference:

U.S. Economy:  What’s Ahead and its Implications to Iowa Agriculture
- Dr. Mike Swanson, Chief Agricultural Economist, Wells Fargo Corporation, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones):  Big Data & UAVs, Opportunities in Agriculture
- Dr. Matt Darr, Associate Professor, Ag & Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University

Water Quality: Iowa Nutrient Reduction Assessment Strategy
-Dr. Matt Helmers, Associate Professor-Extension Agricultural Engineer, Iowa State University

This year’s program will examine several current issues in rural property management, appraisal, and sale/purchase.  Five current issues and their implications to soil management and land valuation will be presented by leading experts in (1) the U.S. economy and its relationship to Iowa agriculture, (2) weather and climate change and its impact upon agriculture, (3) the use of unmanned aerial systems (drones) and how they can impact agriculture in Iowa, (4) energy production, particularly hydraulic fracturing in oil production, and (5) the impact of livestock production in Iowa and significant trends and changes occurring in the livestock industry and its relationship to Iowa agriculture and Iowa farmland.

The conference offers networking opportunities for professions who have an interest in agricultural land, land management, and land valuation.  Additionally, participants have an opportunity to “gaze into their crystal balls” and will be asked to provide their estimates of future land values in Iowa and corn and soybean prices.  Attend and see what your friends and colleagues are thinking about the future value of Iowa farmland!!

Download the 2015 Estimated Land and Commodity Prices
Download the 2013 Estimated Land and Commodity Prices 
Download the 2013 Land Value Estimates