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Minnesota Farmland Sales Down Slightly in 2016

By David Bau, Extension Educator

Last month I listed the average sales prices for farmland sold in the first six months of 2016 for 14 SW Minnesota counties. That data indicated a 2.6 percent decline in sale prices from 2015 to 2016 but half of the counties average sale prices increased from 2015 to 2016.  In January the farmland sales for every Minnesota County were made available to the public. You can find this information online at

This data is from the county assessors and compiled on this website by Professor William F. Lazarus, University of Minnesota. Results indicated statewide Minnesota farmland sales from 2016 were down 2%, from $4,911 per acre in 2015 to $4,813 in 2016. This was down from $4,975 in 2014 average or 1.3% decline from 2014 to 2015. You are able to find average price acre for farmland sales by township on this website since 1990. The assessed values can also be found at this website. Another feature found here is the ability to searc…

Early Bird Registration Extended!

Early bird registration for the 2017 Women in Ag Network Conference Planning Our Future has been extended to Feb. 7th!  Register today to receive this discounted rate of $45 online (or $50 by phone).

There is a great line up of speakers and events for the day.  Included is our keynote presenter Lilia McFarland.  Lilia is the new and beginning farmer and rancher program coordinator for USDA.  Her message is titled, "Planting Seeds for the Future" is sure to be thought provoking and inspiring.  There are also breakout sessions on a plethora of topics including entrepreneurship, marketing, business planning, communications, stress management, budgeting, and goal setting.  Another highlight of the day will be our panel focused on Finding and Maintaining Personal Balance in Life.  Panelists include Natasha Mortenson (moderator), Amanda Freund, Alise Sjostrom, and Marianne Peterson.  The day will offer plenty of networking opportunities as well.

For registration and additional co…