USDA Farm Land Values 2012 Summary
Interesting Stats from the USDA – You’ll want to see how solid central Kentucky farm land as an investment is. (August 2012) USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. The United States farm real estate value, a measurement of the value of all land and buildings on farms, averaged $2,650 per acre for 2012, up 10.9 percent from revised 2011 values. Regional changes in the average value of farm real estate ranged from a 26.7 percent increase in the Northern Plains region to a 4.1 percent decline in the Southeast region. The highest farm real estate values were in the Cornbelt region at $5,560 per acre. The Mountain region had the lowest farm real estate value at $974 per acre.
The United States cropland value increased by $450 per acre (14.5 percent) to $3,550 per acre. In the Northern Plains and Corn Belt regions, the average cropland value increased 30.4 and 18.5 percent, respectively, from the previous year. However, in the Southeast region, cropland values decreased by 3.8 percent.
The United States pasture value increased to $1,150 per acre, or 4.5 percent above 2011. The Southeast region had the largest percentage decrease in pasture value, 7.0 percent below 2011. The Northern Plains had the highest increase at 21.9 percent.
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