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Nebraska has been a long time production leader in the United States, and today ranks 4th in the country for value of commodities sold as well as 6th in the country for total agricultural exports. Corn remains one of Nebraska’s most important commodities accounting for 26% of sales receipts. However, today the top commodity is Cattle which makes up 50% of the state’s agricultural sales. Of Nebraska’s total land area of 49 million acres, nearly 45 million acres is made up of farmland, more than any other state in the US. As of 2017, there were a total of 46,332 farms with an average size of 971 acres.

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nebraska Farmland Returns

Over the last 20 years, nebraska farmland has offered average returns of 13.4%. At this rate, $10,000 invested in farmland in 1999 would now be worth over $143,800. 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.

13.4%

Average Annual Returns

Cumulative Returns of Farmland

Source: NCREIF

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13.4%

Standard Deviation of Returns

Year Over Year Change (%)

Source: NCREIF

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