Salient to Investors:

The USDA reported the average value of all land and buildings on farms and ranches in the 48 continental states was $2,650 an acre in June versus $2,390 a year ago.

Brent Gloy at Purdue University said the worst drought since the 1950s in the Corn Belt and Great Plains may make investors shy away in the short-term, but one year shouldn’t have a big economic impact – psychologically, people won’t be as aggressive buying land in places without a crop.

The most expensive farmland in the U.S. was in New Jersey at $12,200 an acre and Rhode Island at $12,000 versus the cheapest land in New Mexico and Wyoming at $560 an acre. The Corn Belt was the most region at $5,560 an acre, up 18 percent from a year ago versus the Mountain region at $974 per acre.

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