U.S. Farmland Demand Continues at Record Pace

U.S. Farmland Demand Continues at Record Pace

Farmers National Company of Omaha reports farmland sales prices are up an average 20% over 2010.

Omaha-based Farmers National Company reports that demand for farmland is at an all-time high, based on a record number of transactions. Sales prices are up 20%, on average, over 2010.         

Strong grain prices and farmland profits are fueling record demand, sales volumes and land prices. These same factors are also resulting in record increases in cash rent levels, according to Jim Farrell, president of Farmers National Company.  Cash rents in the top production areas have increased by 25 to 40% in 2011, some of the largest jumps the market has ever seen, according to Farrell. 

On the real estate side, market dynamics indicate there are still more potential buyers than sellers, with the possibility to push land prices higher. Fiscal year sales at Farmers National Company increased by 17% over 2010 transactions. The company sold more than $450 million in real estate, with over 750 farm and ranch units.

"Just when we felt we had seen the top in the market, record land prices have been surpassed over and again," according to Farrell. "Market factors continue to be ripe for record performance."

Currently, farmers still make up 75% of buyers, despite continued strong interest from investors. Auction activity has reached a record level, which is boosting sales prices for properties to top dollar. During the last quarter of 2011 alone, Farmers National Company will hold over 70 auctions.

Farmers National Company, an employee-owned company, has sold more than 3,000 farms and more than $1.6 billion of real estate during the last five years. It currently manages more than 5,300 farms in 24 states.

Additional services provided by the company include auctions, appraisals, insurance, consultation services, oil and gas management, lake management and a national hunting lease program.

 Visit the Farmers National Company website at www.FarmersNational.com.

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