Farm managers, rural appraisers, real estate brokers and others interested in the land market in Iowa gathered on May 18 at the Iowa State University campus for the 89th Annual Soil Management Land Valuation Conference. Vince Johnson and Matt Mann of Iowa Land Sales and Farm Management attended the conference to learn about the latest on agricultural land, land management and land valuation.
“We got some great insight into current trends in the Ag sector, from the world economy to more local markets,” said Johnson. “It’s critical for us to stay up to date on this information, since it impacts Iowa farmland values and our business. We also got the chance to meet and talk to others in the industry, which always provides great perspective.”
Sponsored by the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and ISU Extension, the Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference is the longest-running conference at Iowa State in both research and extension. Mann and Johnson received six hours of continuing education credits for renewal of a real estate and broker’s license approved by the Iowa Real Estate Commission.
This year’s conference offered an impressive lineup of leading experts speaking on the following topics:
- The world economic outlook and its relationship to the agricultural sector in the U.S. and Iowa
- Current situations and future outlook for the Iowa cash rental market
- Weather outlook and how to make better decisions with increasingly available remote weather tools
- Soil fertility management under low-to-negative production margins
- The science and scale of implementation needed to improve water quality through three critical nutrient management practices: cover crops, wetlands and conservation drainage
- The trend in demand for hunting leases and its relationship to rural property appraisals and Iowa farmland values
“Our team at Iowa Land Sales has a ton of experience, but staying on top of the latest in the industry is what keeps us qualified to market and manage our customers’ property,” said Johnson.