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Big-Money Investors Gear Up for a Trillion-Dollar Bet on Farmland
September 18, 2020 - 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.

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.

Peoples Company Expands Into Mississippi Delta Region 'Where Institutional Capital Plays'
July 16, 2020 - 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.

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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