Land Value Survey Results to be Presented at Dec. 12 News Conference

Annual survey provides current land value data for Iowa’s 99 counties

November 27, 2018, 3:54 pm | Wendong Zhang

farmland.AMES, Iowa – Results of the 2018 ISU Land Value Survey will be announced at a news conference at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12 on the Iowa State University Campus in Ames.

The annual survey is conducted by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State and ISU Extension and Outreach. The news conference will take place in the Horton Room of the ISU Alumni Center.

A livestream will be available on YouTube at for those who cannot attend the news conference.

Wendong Zhang, assistant professor and extension economist at Iowa State, will lead the news conference and announce the 2018 findings. Printed material will be provided at the news conference, including Iowa land value data from 1950 to present, current land value data for all 99 counties and a summary of the 2018 results. Zhang will be available to reporters for follow-up questions or one-on-one interviews immediately following the presentation of results.

The ISU Land Value Survey is currently ongoing. Agricultural professionals knowledgeable about the farmland market who haven’t participated in this year’s survey, may participate in the survey online by Dec. 1 at Responses are especially needed from ag professionals for land values in Crawford, Ida, Sac, Monona, Shelby, Buena Vista, Mills, Appanoose and Clarke counties.

Questions regarding the survey can be directed to Zhang at or 515-294-2536. Land value trends at the county, district and state level since 1950 can be viewed at the interactive Iowa Farmland Value Portal at

An archive of the video and the printed material available at the conference will be posted on the CARD homepage at soon after the news conference.


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