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ISSUE DATE: 12/05/2011

Higher farmland values reflect new economy

By Larry Dreiling

Supply and demand has long been a term used to describe the ups and downs of the commodity markets. Now it's being used to describe the market for the land where those commodities are raised.

In the last year, farmland values have escalated to new heights.

The Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank District reports farmland values as of second quarter 2011 up 17 percent from the same period a year ago, while the Kansas City District reports farmland prices up 20 percent.

Nebraska has seen one of the largest increases, with nonirrigated land up 30 percent. Oklahoma ranchland, suffering from a prolonged drought, saw values up just 6.4 percent, with what increase there was driven by oil and gas exploration.


NEWS

Auction benefits scholarship competition
Check for skin cancer
Commodity groups call for balanced, equitable farm bill
Extension kicks off urban homesteading program
Extension to host Ag Energy Expo
Farm Bureau pleased with repeal
Health care schemes reported in Kansas
Higher farmland values reflect new economy
Kansas still affected by drought
Loss of local grocery stores draws congressional attention
Miss America: Everyone has a stake in American agriculture's success
Motor carrier rule suspension extended for drought relief
National Grange commits to support USPS in reforms
Professor earns USDA Excellence in Teaching Award
Senator to deliver next Heuermann Lecture
Texas A&M center confronts antibiotic crisis with potential new bacterial treatment
The death of the Euro?
Tulsa Farm Show to feature all the newest in agriculture
USDA awards grant to promote flex fuel vehicles
USDA delays effective date for mandatory nutrition labeling rule
USDA report confirms existence of SNAP fraud
Using flexible cash rental agreements
Webinar to discuss labor regulations
Welding equipment benefits ag student teachers
WTO dispute panel issues final COOL report

CROPS

Advances made in transgenic corn
Ag groups join for Colorado Ag Classic
Farmers to gather in Topeka for Kansas Soybean Expo
Ghost Pepper salsa benefits Chile Pepper Institute
Governor announces 2012 water policy legislation
Governor proclaims Iowa Farm Bureau Week
Kansas Soybean hires new operations director
K-State hosts ag events
Meeting offers human resources tips for ag producers
Most of state still under severe to exceptional drought
Narrowing the yield gap for corn production
Nebraska Soybean Day, Machinery Expo set for Dec. 15
Publication helps farmers evaluate payback and energy savings
TCPB announces biennial elections for five seats
Wheat growers to hold convention Dec. 10

LIVESTOCK

Activities planned for NWSS
Beef checkoff announces landmark sustainability project
Carr animals part of the athletic showcase at NFR
Cattle Industry Convention, NCBA Trade Show registration open
Cattlemen learn steer values at start of Missouri Steer Feedout
Combination deworming programs can pay large dividends
Condition-scoring beef cows
Extension beef 'Redbook' now available
Family honored with Century Hereford Breeder Award
Fed cattle prices reach 'unprecedented' highs as drought continues
FHSU students compete in livestock contest
Hereford Association presents awards
Hereford youth awarded $26,250 in scholarships
Inductees join the Angus Heritage Foundation
Jersey Association announces Junior All American winners
JerseyBid online auction to open Dec. 13
K-State Meats Judging Team takes top honors
Maximize the value of vaccines
National Dairy Producers board opposes Dairy Advancement Act
Online auction raises funds for Hereford research
Online residue risk assessment tool launches
Pregnancy testing a good management practice
Producers should collect DNA samples now
RAAA names Breeder of the Year
Ranch hosts beef cattle judging contest
Runners refuel with beef stew
Salers ranchers recognized for superior cows
Teleseminar makes sense of feed ingredients, tags and reports
Top Herefords named at NAILE
Transporting calves safely
UNL Extension to host P-Index Summit
Wyoming expands brucellosis testing, research

EDITOR

I'm not tired
Regulatory relief for American agriculture
What now?

COLUMNS

Intoxicated by cheap gasoline
Just a scoop full
Look for changes in corn, soybean crop insurance premiums
Moles must be rooted out
New loaders available
New soybeans debut for 2012
Soybean seed treatment now available
The little book

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Amarillo livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Colorado livestock auction summary
Cotton harvest near completion
Dodge City cattle sales report
Drought conditions cut cotton harvest season short
Ericson livestock auction report
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Grain market close
Grain, soybean bids higher while wheat mixed
Harvest coming to a close
Hay prices remain steady
Hay trade moderate
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin regional cattle sales report
McAlester livestock auction report
Moisture needed to plant 2012 crops
North Arkansas livestock auction report
OKC West livestock auction report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Producers wrap up most of fall harvest
Rainfall improved topsoil condition
Southern Colorado receives above average precipitation
Springfield livestock auction report
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Tulsa livestock auction report
Warm and dry
West Plains regional cattle sales
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Don't graze pastures too early
Heart of America Grazing Conference set for January
Mid-America Alfalfa Expo & Conference planned
Ranchers say forest policies threaten livestock grazing
Researchers study bison grazing patterns at Konza
Shortage may lead to more foreign matter in hay

FAMILY

4-H livestock judging team places at national meet
A holiday table full of flavor with pure maple syrup
Aiken ideal for first-time homeowner
Be money smart
Containers provide creative outlet for gardeners
Eating breakfast makes day go better
Edible eats are meaningful treats
Governor hosts Ringneck Classic Pheasant Hunt
Grilling with charcoal
Holiday baking with whole wheat flour
Keeping sack lunches safe
K-State gets patent for improving canine health
Lawn and Landscape School to be held
Life passing by
Living with gluten intolerance
Meditation for 12-5-11
Mulching plants for winter
Pet conference sessions now available
Picking a lasting poinsettia
Sarah's Babies-By Joe Kreger
Storing pesticides safely
Trimming holiday spending
Use free food storage guides to save on food

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