Iowa Farmland Ownership Tenure Survey News Conference June 28

Survey provides information on ownership and leasing trends in Iowa farmland

June 18, 2018, 1:46 pm | Wendong Zhang, Alejandro Plastina

field of young corn.AMES, Iowa ― The full results of the 2017 Iowa Farmland Ownership Tenure Survey will be announced at a press conference at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 28. The press conference will take place in the Horton Room of the Alumni Center, located on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.

Wendong Zhang and Alejandro Plastina, assistant professors and extension economists at Iowa State, will head the press conference and announce the 2017 findings.

A YouTube livestream of the press conference will be available at for those unable to attend in person. The full results of the survey will be available on the Iowa State University Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) website at after the event.

“This is the only systematic data collected every five years since the 1980s on land ownership and how ownership is transmitted in the United States,” Zhang said. “Iowa’s data dates back to the 1940s and so we are able to make definitive statements about how ownership structure, leasing arrangements and demographics of landowners shifted over a very long period of time.”

The Iowa Farmland Ownership and Tenure Survey, which is conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, is mandated by the State of Iowa and has been conducted since the 1940s. The survey is statistically representative of all land and all landowners in Iowa, and thus allows policymakers and researchers to track ownership and leasing trends in Iowa farmland.

Once the full report is released, ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will use the data collected to provide the basis for additional research that will be published in Ag Decision Maker.


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