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With more than 85% of its land devoted to farming in various applications, agriculture is clearly at the root of Iowa’s economy and culture. Iowa’s rich soil composition and favorable weather patterns make it an ideal place for growing most cash crops and raising livestock. Due to these qualities and more, Iowa farms are highly sought after, making it some of the most expensive farmland per acre in the nation. Iowa has consistently been ranked in the top 5 in the nation for agricultural production and exports since the year 2000 and ranks number 1 in exports of several commodities including Pork and Corn.

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Farmland Returns



iowa Farmland Returns

Over the last 20 years, iowa farmland has offered average returns of 11.6%. At this rate, $10,000 invested in farmland in 1999 would now be worth over $125,500. Farmland returns are made up of two values, land appreciation, and capitalization rates of the property. Total farmland returns have been positive every year since 1990.


Average Annual Returns

Cumulative Returns of Farmland

Source: NCREIF

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Standard Deviation of Returns

Year Over Year Change (%)

Source: NCREIF

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