Farmland value drops

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Federal Reserve says the value of agricultural land dropped a percentage point in the last quarter of 2013 and a total of 2 percent for the year.

The drop suggests the surge in farmland prices over the past few years may be coming to an end, depressed by lower commodity prices that have reduced farmer income.

Iowa State economics professor Chad Hart told The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/1buN12p ) that “we’ll likely see lower farm values tied to those lower farm incomes that we’re going to experience in the next year to year and a half.”

An Iowa State University survey suggested that land values might have peaked in some parts of the state last year, with prices dropping in northwestern Iowa.

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