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Land Values Trend Upwards
January 9, 2023 - Clinton Herald
The value of farmland in Clinton County increased 16.3% last year, following the upward trend seen in all 99 counties of Iowa.

Peak or Plateau? Answers to 7 of the Big Questions Driving the Wild Farmland Market
December 1, 2022 - AgWeb Farm Journal
Zero, 16 and 52 illustrate the wild and emotional farmland market. In 2020, not a single farm sold for more than $20,000 per acre in Iowa. In 2021, 16 farms crossed that threshold. This year, as of October, more than 50 (at least one farm every month) has sold for more than $20,000 per acre.

Unusual Market Forces Drive Farmland Sales
September 26, 2022 - Successful Farming
Future farmland prices strong, but interest rate hikes may spur cool down.

Peoples Company, Stine Seed Expand Paid-In-Full Cover Crop Program
August 8, 2022 - Successful Farming
Peoples Company, a full-service farmland transaction and management business licensed in 29 states, has announced an expanded cover crop partnership with Stine Seed, the largest independent corn and soybean seed company. “For 50 years, Peoples Company has been working alongside landowners to deploy innovative strategies to improve farming and land management outcomes..."

Farmland Values Setting Records
May 12, 2022 - Clinton Herald News
As commodity prices continued their upward trajectory over the last 18 months, land prices have followed suit. In the East Central Iowa area, which includes Clinton and Jackson counties, values rose 10.2% from September to March, according to the annual Land Trends and Values Survey report recently released by the Iowa Chapter of Realtor’s Land Institute.

Area Land Sells for Record Amount
December 27, 2021 - Clinton Herald News
In just 15 minutes, a Jackson County record was set when 75 acres of farm ground was sold for $19,900 an acre Dec. 1. “The price per acre is the highest I’ve seen so far for ag land in our part of the state,” said Chuck Schwager, owner of Maquoketa-based East Iowa Real Estate, who handled the auction.

Whose land is it anyway? Farmers, Billionaires, Foreign Investors Jockey for US Farmland
December 10, 2021 - Michigan Farm News
When billionaires back purchases of American farmland, farmers sigh. It’s not a loud one — at least all the time — but it’s a sigh, nevertheless. Take a step back in time to 1973: President Nixon's Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz tells American farmers to plant "fencerow to fencerow" and to “get big or get out."

Nitrogen Fertilizer Triples in Price
November 15, 2021 - Brownfield Ag News
The cost of nitrogen fertilizer has tripled in the last year. Kyle Walker is a farm manager based in central Iowa for Peoples Company. “I know anhydrous was over $1,200 a ton the other day (and) last year at this time it was $400 to $500 a ton. So just a completely different ballgame right now.”

Kyle Walker Named 2021 Professional Farm Manager of the Year
November 4, 2021 - Syngenta
Kyle Walker, director of asset management at Peoples Company in Indianola, Iowa, was named the 2021 Professional Farm Manager of the Year. The award, co-sponsored by Syngenta, Farm Journal’s The Scoop magazine and the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA), recognizes farm managers who display excellence in client service and a commitment to agriculture.

Peoples Company Achieves Sustainability Certification
October 11, 2021 - Successful Farming
Peoples Company, a national firm specializing in land brokerage, land management, land investment and appraisal services, today announced it has achieved sustainability certification for its entire managed lands portfolio through Leading Harvest’s Farmland Management Standard.

Big-Money Investors Gear Up for a Trillion-Dollar Bet on Farmland
September 10, 2021 - NPR
For a glimpse of what could happen to a trillion dollars worth of American farmland, meet Ray Williams. He's a lawyer-turned-farmer, growing organic grain and feeding young cows on 3,000 acres in northeastern Oregon. Last year, he and his brother Tom decided that they were getting too old for the long hours and hard work.

Peoples Company Expands Into Mississippi Delta Region 'Where Institutional Capital Plays'
August 30, 2021 - Agri Investor
Steve Bruere says covid-19 has highlighted the advantages of owning operations in the region which typically have controlled water systems that allow investors to grow different crops according to demand.

Here’s Why the Ultra-Wealthy Like Bill Gates and Thomas Petterfy are Investing in U.S. Farmland
August 20, 2021 - CNBC
Investments in farmland are growing across the country as people, including the ultra-wealthy like Bill Gates, look for new ways to grow their money. In 2020, Gates made headlines for becoming the largest private farmland owner in the U.S.

2,000 Garst Acres Sell for $19 Million
August 19, 2021 - Carroll Times Herald
Eight parcels of Garst family farm ground sold for more than $19 million Tuesday morning in a historic land auction. The Garst land was sold with first-of-its-kind conservation easements designed to preserve soil and prevent erosion.

Garst Land Brings Family Millions in Auction, Even With Sale Tied to Conservation Easements
August 17, 2021 - Des Moines Register
An Iowa family known for hosting late Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev on their farm during the Cold War, and for their land stewardship, fetched a hefty $19.3 million for 2,000 acres sold at auction Tuesday, even with permanent conservation easements tied to the farmland.

What to Ask About Carbon Market Programs
August 11, 2021 - Successful Farming
Do you know what questions to ask when evaluating new carbon programs and how they may fit into your operation?

Ag Startup Engine Secures Program and Investment Funding for Five Years
February 21, 2021 - Ag Startup Engine
Ag Startup Engine, located in the Iowa State University (ISU) Research Park, announced they have increased their investor-member base and are planning to accept into their program and invest in up to 45 startups in the agriculture and food technology space over the next five years.

Farmland Insider: Kansas Auction of 10,900 Acres Sells for $38 Million
February 19, 2021 - Successful Farming
It is hard to imagine the logistics of handling a land sale as big as the one Peoples Company and Lund Company managed on Thursday, February 18 in Liberal, Kansas. Fourteen buyers spend an average of $3,460 per acre for irrigated and drylands in the sale.

Engage with ISA's Research Center for Farming Innovation
February 16, 2021 - Iowa Soybean Association
The Iowa Soybean Association’s (ISA) Research Center for Farming Innovation launched in 2020. The goal: to deliver the very best farmer-led research combining agronomic, conservation, and analytics tailored for soybean farmers.

2021 Farmland Outlook: Buckle Up for a Dynamic Market
February 10, 2021 - AgWeb Farm Journal
Key forces are converging to send farmland values higher — maybe even to historic levels. After years of stable prices, be ready to see your asset soar. What is driving the farmland market?

CIBO, Peoples Company Partner for Carbon Credits on Farmland
January 21, 2021 - Successful Farming
CIBO and Peoples Company have developed a partnership to offer carbon credits on more than 20,000 acres of land managed by Peoples Company, which makes the Iowa-based firm the nation’s first land management company to offer carbon credits. CIBO is a technology company that delivers decision-ready insights on all U.S. cropland.

Appraising the Oddballs with Mark Williams, ARA
November 25, 2020 - American Society of Farm Managers & Rural Appraisers
In September, the ASFMRA hosted a live seminar called “Appraising Unique and Atypical Properties,” which was developed and instructed by Mark Williams, ARA. Williams, who has been in the appraising business since 1992, understands that the problem solving required for strange properties can be intimidating for some appraisers.

Days Before Inauguration, Former Trump Chief of Staff to Speak in Des Moines at Land Investment Expo
September 28, 2020 - The Des Moines Register
John F. Kelly, President Donald Trump's former chief of staff, will be a keynote speaker at the Peoples Co.'s Land Investment Expo in Des Moines shortly before the presidential inauguration. In the Jan. 12 appearance at the Iowa Events Center, Anthony Scaramucci will conduct an on-stage interview with Kelly, a retired four-star Marine Corps general. Scaramucci was fired by Kelly in 2017 after a brief and tumultuous stint as Trump's communications director.

How Absentee Landowners Keep Farmers From Protecting Water And Soil
August 26, 2020 - National Public Radio
Lisa Schulte Moore loves nature. To stand in an old-growth forest, she says, "I can only describe it as healing." When she moved to Iowa to teach ecology at Iowa State University, she didn't get that same feeling when she found herself amid acres of corn. She wasn't hearing birds or seeing many bugs. "All I can hear are the leaves of the rustling corn," she says. "Not one biological noise. You know, they call it the green desert.

How to Manage Your 2021 Farmland Rent Agreement
August 13, 2020 - Successful Farming
The September 1 deadline for notice of changes to farmland leases in some states is looming. For farmers, that means there is a good deal of number crunching going on, and in many cases, the math isn’t pretty.

Opinion: Farmland Proves Itself Once Again
August 12, 2020 - Successful Farming
When COVID-19 first hit, I was incredibly concerned about what it might mean for farmland markets. With demand destruction in the ethanol industry, packing plants shuttering, and the livestock industry in turmoil, crude prices plummeting to below zero and a multi-year downward trend in commodity prices that was exacerbated by trade wars, I prepared myself for an incredibly challenging land market in 2020. COVID-19 had all the makings of the final straw for farmland values.

Open Communication Protects Farmland
July 13, 2020 - Wallaces Farmer
Leases can be used as discussion starters between landlords and tenants about conservation and nutrient management practices.

Iowa's Soils and Water Quality Topic of Newest 'The State of Soy' Episode
June 12, 2020 - Iowa Soybean Association
Soil and water are essential for a healthy environment, sustaining wildlife habitat, and of course – growing soybeans. It’s little wonder, therefore, that farmers and landowners care about sustaining and improving the health of these two natural resources.

Farmland Values Hold Firm
October 15, 2019 - DTN
Despite the fifth year of lower commodity prices and projections for negative profit margins heading into 2019, farmland prices remain stubbornly stable.

The Investment Issue: Weidert Farm
May 14, 2019 - The Land Report

Over the last half century, the Weiderts have created a powerhouse of a farm. Their next step? Find someone to take it to the next level.


Out of Iowa: Peoples Company looks to sow national opportunities
April 13, 2019 - BluePrint

According to a 2015 Iowa State University study, 56 percent of all Iowa farmland is owned by those 65 and older.

Though the numbers don’t exactly pop off the page, the implications are significant: With upwards of 85 percent of our foodstuffs sourced from within the United States, how—and by whom—will our future farms be run?


Into The Weeds Podcast
January 14, 2019 - Pipeline Foods
In this episode of Into The Weeds, Pipeline Foods' Erin Heitkamp guest-hosts and explores trends in the world of farmland investing and management with Steve Bruere and Dave Muth of Peoples Company. Together, they discuss the consumer and regulatory drivers to focus on longer-term land values and environmental returns, support for new farmers entering the space, and where organic fits in the larger scheme of things.

Tariffs, Rising Interest Rates Threaten U.S. Farmland Prices
December 4, 2018 - Newsweek

U.S. farmland prices may drop due to headwinds including rising interest rates and new tariffs.

The prices for farm land have been steady after peaking at all-time highs in recent years when farmers benefitted from high crop prices and low interest rates. Even after crop prices have dropped in past years, land prices have held firm nationally because the capitalization rate (the ratio of net operating income to asset value) has remained attractive for buyers.


Peoples Company: In the Business of People
November 19, 2018 - Land.com

While Iowa-based Peoples Company offers land management, appraisals, land investments, brokerage and auction services, the foundation of everything is people.


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