I made the following presentation at a Minnesota Soil Health Coalition event. There has been a lot of buzz about the new record farm land sale in Iowa. It ties in perfectly with the point I tried to make in the presentation. Land is only as valuable as its ability to produce profitably. When soil becomes degraded it becomes a liability to land owners.
An 80-acre field in Iowa sold for $22,600 per acre with permanent easements requiring no-till and cover crops. It also had a wind-tower, which contributed to the high valuation by the investor-buyer.