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Nebraska Farmland Values Rose 13% in 2006

Cash rents also increased over 2005.

Nebraska's farm real estate value rose sharply during 2006, extending a trend that began in 1993, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office.

Farm real estate value on Jan. 1, 2007 averaged $1,230 per acre. This is a $140 per acre increase, or 13% higher, than last year's level.

Cropland value increased 12% from last year to $1,890 per acre, with dryland
acreage averaging $1,640 per acre and irrigated cropland at $2,400.

Pastureland, at $420 per acre, was 14% above a year ago.

Cash rents paid to landlords for cropland increased from last year. Irrigated cropland rent averaged $139 per acre, up $8, and dryland rents increased $3 to $79 per acre. Pasture rented for cash, which averaged $14 per acre, rose $1.50 from 2006.

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