Nebraska Farm Real Estate

2018-2019 Farm Real Estate Report and Highlights by Region

Visit the 2019 Nebraska Farm Real Estate webpage for the full report, regional data and highlights, and two presentations with author Jim Jansen addressing trends in land values and rental rates. These resources are hosted on the Department of Agricultural Economics website.

Preliminary Report: Average Ag Land Values Drop 3% from a Year Ago

Final Report: Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Highlights 2018-19 (June 26, 2019).

2017-2018 Farm Real Estate Report

Reports agricultural land values and rental rates for Nebraska as well as changes from a year earlier, based on results from the Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Survey. The February 2018 survey of nearly 120 expert-panel members from across the state provided current information and insight regarding the agricultural land market conditions in their areas. They also provided details of actual sales transactions over the previous 12 months.

Preliminary Report: The March 14, 2018, Cornhusker Economics, 2018 Trends in Nebraska Farmland Values and Rental Rates.

Final Report: Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Highlights 2017-18.

2016-2017 Farm Real Estate Report

The Cornhusker Economics for March 15, 2017, Trends in Nebraska Farmland Markets: Declining Agricultural Land Values and Rental Rates, includes a discussion on agland real estate, breakdown of real estate rates by district, and tables of average farmland value and land rental rates by district. The author is Jim Jansen, Nebraska Extension agricultural systems economist.

2015-2016 Preliminary Farm Real Estate Report

Preliminary findings from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln 2016 Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Survey indicate that as of Feb. 1, 2016, the weighted average farmland value declined by about 4 percent over the prior 12-month period to $3,135 per acre. This decline marks the second consecutive year of lower weighted average farmland values in Nebraska. Read More»

Past Reports

2014-2015 Farm Real Estate Report

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Ag Land Management Webinar to Offer Latest on 2022 Cash Rents, Land Values

May 5, 2022
The latest trends in Nebraska cash rental rates and land values will be covered during the next Land Management Quarterly webinar on May 16.

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Nebraska Ag Land Values Up 16%, According to University-led Survey

March 22, 2022
The value of agricultural land in Nebraska increased by an average of 16% over the prior year, to a statewide average of $3,360 per acre — the largest increase in the market value of agricultural land in the state since 2014.

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Nebraska Farm Real Estate and Financial Considerations in 2020

December 13, 2019
Agricultural producers face challenging financial circumstances on their cropland in 2020. While the upcoming production year provides a potentially better outlook, challenges remain for profitability and the health of the operation.

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The Economics of the Capitalization Rate for Farmland

November 7, 2018
Real estate appraisers often use one of three methods to value real property: the market or sales comparison approach, the income approach, and the cost approach. In addition, factors other than the prospective income stream can factor into land prices.

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2018 Nebraska Farm Real Estate Report

June 22, 2018
Final results from the Nebraska Farm Real Estate Survey show a fourth consecutive year of declining Nebraska agricultural land values. The statewide average value dropped 4% to $2,270 per acre.

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