Written February, 2020
File C2-79

Risk Management Tools: Comparing Farmland Returns to Stock Market Investments

The purpose of this Information File is to compare how an investment in land would compare to an investment in the stock market over time.

The reader should gain an understanding of:

  • The historical returns to land over time
  • The historical returns to stocks over time
  • The factors that drive land values
  • And identify and utilize resources that are available

Related papers on this topic include:

Read the full summary and watch the accompanying video, for further information on comparing an investment in farmland to the stock market.


Kelvin Leibold, retired extension farm management specialist, agdm@iastate.edu


Kelvin Leibold

retired farm management specialist
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