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Interesting Statistics on Landownership in Iowa.

The following report was compiled by Hannah Lewis, Andy Larson, John Baker, and Lynn Fallon and distributed by Practical Farmers of Iowa www.practicalfarmers.org

 
 
INCREASING AGE OF LANDOWNER
 
In 2007, more than half the farmland (55%) in Iowa was owned by people over the age of 65 (compared t o 30% in 1982) (Duffy 2008)
 
The increasing age structure of farmland owners show no sign of abating and continue to move toward an older population of landholders (Duffy 2008)
 
The increase in the average age of farmers is a result of inadequate incentives to encourage young farmers to enter into the profession and reluctance on the part of existing farmers to retire (Baker 2008)
 
 
 
INCREASING ABSENTEE OWNERSHIP
 
21% of Iowa farmland is owned by those who live out of state either full- or part-time (Duffy 2008)
 
An estimated $523 million in land rent payments left the state in 2009 (Arbuckle 2010)
 
Absentee landownership is likely to increase (Arbuckle 2010)
 
Landlord-tenant relationships are stable, but deteriorate with distance (Arbuckle 2010)
 
Landlord stewardship ethics are strong, but decline with distance (Arbuckle 2010)    
 
 
 
INCREASING NON-FARMER OWNERSHIP
 
Sixty percent of Iowa’s farmland in 2007 was owned by people not currently farming (compared to 55% not currently farming in 2002) (Duffy 2008)
 
Widowed persons own 19% of the land
 
Investor ownership is on the rise
 
Trusts are being used increasingly as a mechanism for land transfer, encouraging non-farming landownership
 
26% of land is owned by those who have never farmed
 
 
 
INCREASING SIZE OF LANDHOLDINGS
 
The percent of land owned in less than 80 acre blocks has decreased from 40% of the land in 1982 to 11% of the land in 2007 (Duffy 2009)
 
During the past 55 years, the number of Iowa farms has decreased from 206,000 to 89,000 (Baker 2008)
 
 
 

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