2022 94th Annual ISU Soil Management Land Valuation Hybrid 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 both research and extension, and 2022 will mark the 94th annual meeting in this series. It is designed for anyone who has an interest 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 offered in person at Scheman Building from 8:15 am – 4:30 pm on May 18th, as well as virtually via Zoom. In-person registration fee is $150 and the virtual option costs $175. We were approved for 6.5 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. We will also have three $50 gift card giveaway opportunities for the participants throughout the day.

This year’s program will examine several current issues in rural property management, appraisal, and sale/purchase, as well as agricultural policy. Seven current issues and their implications to soil management and land valuation will be presented by leading experts in (1) US and global agricultural economy outlook, (2) panel discussion on farmland and equipment values, (3) weather outlook and its impacts on agricultural production, (4) the skyrocketing fertilizer and other input costs in part due to supply chain disruptions, (5) a panel discussion on the conservation easements and land trusts, and (6) agricultural market outlook focusing on crops.

The conference offers networking opportunities for professions who have an interest 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 Tool: Hybrid (In person and Zoom)

For questions regarding the conference content, please contact Wendong Zhang:
515-294-2536 | wdzhang@iastate.edu