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Pasture values increase again

Annual USDA-NASS report on land values suggest pasture values up, cropland values steady

Alan Newport, Editor, Beef Producer

August 4, 2017

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This map shows the regions into which USDA categorizes land for price evaluations.USDA-NASS

USDA's June report on agricultural land prices a small increase in the past year nationally in pasture values, although some variation by region.

Crop values held steady from 2016 to 2017.

You can see the breakout of regional data on pasture values in the chart below. The change listed is from 2016 values to 2017 values. The full report can be read online.

USDA-NASS (National Ag Statistics Service) says its estimates of land values in this report are based primarily on the June Area Survey, conducted during the first two weeks of June. This annual survey uses a complete, probability-based land-area sampling frame. A sample of about 11,000 segments of land is selected, each about one square mile in size. Surveyors contact all agricultural producers operating land within the boundaries of the enumerated land segments and record land value information for cropland and pasture within these segments.

USDA-NASS also notes pasture, grazing and grassland value refers land that is normally grazed by livestock, but says it does not need to have livestock grazing on it at the time of interview or during the current year in order to be valued as pasture or grazing land.


This chart shows variation but the likelihood there was a general increase in pasture values across USDA's regions, as well as a higher average for the US.


This graph shows more than a doubling of pasture values, nationally, from 2003 to 2017.

About the Author(s)

Alan Newport

Editor, Beef Producer

Alan Newport is editor of Beef Producer, a national magazine with editorial content specifically targeted at beef production for Farm Progress’s 17 state and regional farm publications. Beef Producer appears as an insert in these magazines for readers with 50 head or more of beef cattle. Newport lives in north-central Oklahoma and travels the U.S. to meet producers and to chase down the latest and best information about the beef industry.

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