The last three years have been some of the most exciting and profitable times in agriculture!  Land Values have almost doubled since 2009. Cash rental rates in Iowa saw another record high in 2013 with the state average cash rent reached $270 per acre. How long will these record times last? That is unknown, but landowners and investors are all extremely interested to see where the current agriculture business environment is headed. To help answer the questions landowners and investors may have, US Farm Lease & Gannon Real Estate have put together their 3rd annual This Land is Your Land Conference, to be held Friday, July 26th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Meadows Events Center at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa. This one of a kind seminar focuses the entire day to fit the needs and interests of the landowners specifically.

The day-long conference will focus on a number of the opportunities and challenges that are affecting landowners today and into the future. Topics discussed at the conference will address not only national issues, but also topics that affect Iowa landowners specifically. US Farm Lease & Gannon Real Estate has lined up a great group of speakers including; Mike Duffy, ISU Extension Ag Economist; Robert Hodges, BrownWinick Law Firm; and Key Note Speaker Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey.

Mark Gannon, president of US Farm Lease & Gannon Real Estate, who has worked in farm management, brokerage, and lending for over 30 years said, “The farmland environment is changing with high land values and increasing rent values. There is a generational shift in farmland ownership occurring and an increasing percentage of farmland owned by non-operators or the elderly. The age of the landowner is increasing, but so are the expectations from heirs, outside investors and large farm operators. The This Land is Your Land Conference is intended to assist landowners in making sound decisions concerning their land, while continuing a profitable and enduring landlord-operator relationship.”

To register for the conference there is a cost of $75 for the first attendee of the group and $50 for the second attendee. Breakfast, Lunch, and refreshments are included. Additional information is available at Space is limited for the conference, to register call US Farm Lease at 877-232-4002 or e-mail

Topics Include:

  • Farm Drainage & Water Management

Phil Algreen, Agridran, Adair, IA 

  • Land Values in Iowa

Mark Gannon, Gannon Real Estate & US Farm Lease, Ames, IA 

  • Morning Breakout Session

Beginning Farmer Tax Benefits – Steve Ferguson

Self Directed Real Estate IRAS – Mark Gannon

Soil and Water Conservation Options/Responsibilities 

  • Real Estate Planning

Robert Hodges, BrownWinick Law Firm, Des Moines, IA 

  • Farmland Ownership Trends & Land Values

Mike Duffy, ISU Extension, Ames, IA 

  • Keynote Address

Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Des Moines, IA 

  • Farm Leasing Update

Jeff Winslow, Gannon Real Estate & US Farm Lease, Ames, IA 

  • Afternoon Breakout Session  

Farm Tax & Estate Planning – Robert Hodges

Landowner Investment Options Panel – Jim Harvey, Jim Thompson, David Strege

Farm Operation Options other than Traditional Corn/Soybeans – Teresa Opheim 

  • Productivity & Technology Update

Dan Frieberg, Premier Crop, Des Moines, IA 

  • Special Announcement for Attendees!