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Due to West Virginia's hilly / mountainous terrain, much of the state's agricultural ecosystem revolves around Livestock, Poultry, and products which amount to 80% of agricultural sales in the state. The top crop produced is Hay, much of which is used as feed for Livestock, followed by Corn and Soybeans. Just under 24% of West Virginia's total land are is used as farmland for a total of 3.6 million acres of cropland, pastureland, and timber.

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west virginia Farmland Returns

Over the last 20 years, west virginia farmland has offered average returns of 5%. At this rate, $10,000 invested in farmland in 1999 would now be worth over $60,500. 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.

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Cumulative Returns of Farmland

Source: NCREIF

Created with Highcharts 7.2.01998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019$0$6000$12000$18000$24000$30000Highcharts.com

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Standard Deviation of Returns

Year Over Year Change (%)

Source: NCREIF

Created with Highcharts 7.2.01998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019-15 %0 %15 %30 %45 %60 %Highcharts.com

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