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Corn Belt land returns negative for a second successive quarter

The Corn Belt land market is sufficiently weak that, even including benefits from crop sales as well as farm price growth, returns are negative

New Zealand land prices grow amid rise in deals - despite dairy downturn
New Zealand land values rise, amid "strong" demand for kiwifruit farms and "solid" sentiment in the meat sector. Dairy farm values grow too
US farmland, ag machinery market declines extend into 2016
The drop in US farmland prices has gathered pace, while ag equipment sector conditions are at a record low, Creighton University data show
Farmland Partners flags gains from plugging into energy markets
The land investment group reveals a quadrupling of rents at two farms getting into solar power - at a time when conventional ag rents are falling
Saudi fodder output ban spurs Almarai to buy US land
Saudi Arabian dairy giant Almarai, facing domestic fodder production curbs, buys farmland in California as a source of alfalfa hay
Craigmore raises $50m for NZ dairy fund, despite sector woes
The New Zealand-based ag empire unveils a milestone for its second fund for buying dairy land, 14 months after closing its first
Savills calls time on UK farmland price boom
The consultancy downgrades its forecast for UK farmland values out to 2020, after 15 years of strong growth, citing weak crop prices
Big US farm owner sets sights on foreign land purchases
Farmland Partners, which owns 105,000 acres in the US, sees Australia, New Zealand and Canada as targets, CEO Paul Pittman tells Agrimoney
US farmland prices extend decline to two full years
Land values in major US farming states fall for a 22nd month, with an ag machinery market decline lasting even longer, a university survey shows
NZ dairy farm market beats fears provoked by China snub
New Zealand dairy farm values edge higher, despite "speculation" after officials rejected a Chinese bid for an iconic cattle station
US farmland prices stabilise - but 'further declines ahead'
Farmland prices in key US areas stayed flat over the summer, with some ranch values rising. But lenders see a return ahead to market decline
Farmland Partners buys $197m of US land - and plans more deals
The group takes its portfolio of US land nearly to 100,000 acres - in a deal which will provide collateral for funding for more acquisitions
Pension funds barred from Saskatchewan land purchases
Pension funds, and any company backed by foreign-owned debt, have been barred from owning farm land in the breadbasket province
'It's very, very hard to lose money on farmland'

... at least, according to Paul Pittman, the CEO of Farmland Partners, who explains why he is not concerned by the market's slowdown

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