Iowa Land Value Survey Results To Be Released December 18

Iowa Land Value Survey Results To Be Released December 18

A news conference will be held at 10 a.m. on Dec. 18 announcing the results of the 2014 Iowa Land Value Survey.

A news conference will be held on the campus of Iowa State University at Ames on Dec. 18 announcing the results of the 2014 Iowa Land Value Survey. The annual survey, the results of which are closely watched and analyzed each year, is conducted by the Center for Agricultural & Rural Development at ISU.

LAND VALUES DECREASING: Lower grain prices have softened bidding by farmers on land for sale. Iowa land values fell 6% in third quarter 2014, according to the latest survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. ISU's annual survey results, to be released Dec. 18, will provide an update.

The news conference will take place at 10 a.m. in Room 004 of the Scheman Building on the ISU campus in Ames. Michael Duffy, a retired ISU Extension economist who is helping transition responsibility for conducting the survey from Extension to CARD, will lead the news conference and announce the latest findings. Background materials will be available at the conference, and will include Iowa land value data from 1950 to present, along with current land value data from all 99 counties and a news release summarizing the 2014 survey results.

Conference will be videotaped and available for viewing online
Duffy will be available to reporters for follow-up questions and interviews immediately following the presentation of results. For those folks who can't attend, the conference will be videotaped. Video and printed materials from the event will be available on the CARD homepage soon after the conference.

The Scheman Building is located next to Hilton Coliseum and Fisher Theater. Maps and directions to Scheman are available here. Free parking is available in the Scheman and Hilton lots.

ISU in special climate issue of Journal of Soil & Water Conservation
In other news from ISU last week, a special "climate issue" of the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation features Iowa State University research that has to do with climate change and agriculture.

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Climate change and agriculture is the focus, as most of the research papers reported in this issue of the magazine are authored all or in-part by researchers and graduate students participating in the USDA-funded Climate and Corn-based Cropping Systems Coordinated Agricultural Project, commonly known as the Sustainable Corn Project, led by Iowa State University.

The papers in the journal represent research that is underway at ISU and other land-grant universities to better understand how the distribution and timing of precipitation and temperature, farm management practices, human perceptions of risk and human responses to risk affect crops, surface water and soil. Of the 20 papers in the journal, 14 were written by those affiliated with the Sustainable Corn Project.

Looking at impacts of variable long-term weather on agriculture
"The Soil and Water Conservation Society recognizes the urgency and value of the Sustainable Corn Project," said Jim Gulliford, director of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. "The research, education and Extension outreach of the project links environmental, social and economic impacts of variable long-term weather patterns to agricultural and ecological sustainability."

The project is led by Iowa State and made up of 160 scientists, technical specialists and staff, Extension educators, graduate students and post-doctoral researchers at 10 land-grant universities and an agricultural research station in the Corn Belt. Nineteen of the project's principle investigators are Iowa State faculty and scientists.  

"Our work is about understanding systems, specifically the carbon, nitrogen, water and human-social systems that underpin the management of corn and soybean production," said Lois Wright Morton, professor of sociology at Iowa State and director of the Sustainable Corn Project.

The November/December issue of the journal is available online. For more information about the Sustainable Corn Project, see www.sustainablecorn.org.

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