2024 96th Annual ISU Soil Management Land Valuation Conference
Program Description and Purpose

Sponsored by the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and ISU Extension, the Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference is intended for farm managers, rural appraisers, real estate brokers, and others interested in the land market in Iowa. This is the longest-running conference at Iowa State in research and extension, and 2024 will mark the 96th annual meeting in this series. It is designed for anyone interested in agricultural land, land management, and land valuation. The program is planned each year by the ISU Extension Economics team in the Department of Economics at Iowa State University.

This year’s conference will be held in person at Scheman Building, Second Floor from 8:15 am – 4:30 pm on May 15th. The registration fee is $150. We are approved for 7 hours of real estate continuing education credits from the Iowa Real Estate Commission and 7 hours of appraiser continuing education credits from the Real Estate Appraiser Examining Board, respectively.

The course examines several current issues in rural property management, appraisal, sale/purchase of land, and agricultural policy to understand the land markets better.

Current issues and their implications for soil management and land valuation will be presented by leading experts on (1) agricultural policy and economic outlook, (2) panel discussion on soil and land conservation, policy, and practice, (3) soil health, water quality and their short-run and long-run impacts on land values (4) weather outlook and its impacts on agricultural production, (5) the threat of insects, weeds, and plant disease outbreaks given the recent warmer winters, (6) legal updates on the federal and state law and affecting land sales and purchases, and (7) agricultural markets projections with their implications for land markets.

The conference offers networking opportunities for professionals interested in agricultural land, land management, and land valuation. Additionally, participants have an opportunity through an online survey before the conference to “gaze into their crystal balls,” and will be asked to provide their estimates of future land values in Iowa and corn and soybean prices via an online survey distributed before the conference.

Difficulty Level: Medium

Instruction: In person

For questions regarding the conference content, please contact Rabail Chandio: 515-294-6181 | rchandio@iastate.edu