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Revised version of "Ag Income Tax Update for Farm Families" is now available

A revised version of “Ag Income Tax Update for Farm Families” is now posted on the University of Minnesota Extension Ag. Business Management website.  The revised fact sheet is posted on the Farm Tax and Legal Issues page (please see link below). www.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/business/taxation/ This revised version addresses farm tax issues that will impact producers for the 2017 income tax year.  The recently passed tax reform has a very limited effect on a producer’s 2017 tax return.  I’ve confined the discussion in this document to what matters for 2017.  I will address the components of the new tax reform legislation later in the spring.  Please feel free to contact me via email if you have any questions.  My email address is: holcombr@umn.edu I want to wish everyone a safe and prosperous new year! Thank you.
Rob Holcomb

Southwestern Minnesota Farmland Values Decline 6.1 percent in 2017

By David Bau, Extension Educator

At the end of each year for the last twenty-three years, a survey has been conducted of farm land sales in fourteen southwestern Minnesota counties.  The survey reports bare farm land sales to non-related parties for the first six months of each year. Land values had been steadily increasing until 2014.  After reaching record high prices in 2013, the upward trend was broken as prices declined in 2014.  The downward trend continued through 2017.  The summary report for this survey is available at the county extension offices in Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock, Watonwan and Yellow Medicine Counties.  This year the decline across the fourteen counties averaged 6.1%.  Average land values had not declined since 1996 when the average SW Minnesota land prices were $1,175 per acre in 1995 to a high in 2013 to $8,466 then declined in through 2017 to $6,340.

Data from these counties in…

Cropland Rental Rates Compared to Corn and Soybean Price Change

By David Bau, Extension Educator

In Table 1 below I compare the changes in average farmland rental rates to the annual changes in corn and soybean prices. I did to determine how closely farmland rental rates follow the changes in corn and soybean prices.

Column 1 lists the years used for comparison starting in 2000 going through 2016.  Column 2 lists the average cash corn price each year in Worthington Minnesota. Column 3 lists the average cash soybean price in Worthington. Column 4 lists the change in the average corn and bean prices from the previous year. Column 5 is the average rents paid by roughly 1200 farmers each year who participate in adult farm management programs across southern Minnesota. Column 6 uses the previous year’s average rent in column 5 multiplied by the following year’s change in corn and soybean prices to compute a projected rent and does that for each year. Column 7 starts with the average rent in 2000 in Column 5 of $98.31 and multiplies this number by next …