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82% of Iowa Land Is Debt Free

From ISU land survey December 2018.

60% of land owners are 65 years of age (yoa) or greater, 1/3 is 75 yoa, 13% owned by women 80+

53% of Iowa land is rented out, mostly cash rent

34% owned by landlords with no farming experience, 23% by retired farmers no longer farming

29% owned by families primarily for family/sentimental reasons

Ownership is continuing to shift to trusts and corporations 


In 1982, 60% of land was owned free and clear.  In 2017 it is 82%.


Most of the land is owned long-term.


I got this from an ISU presentation.  You'll have to go to the ISU website for the backup.  The full report costs $5.