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Iowa Farmland Rent Averages $255 An Acre



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A new survey of Iowa farmers says renting an acre of land to grow crops costs a state average of $255 an acre.
    
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that's an increase of $20 an acre from a year ago and is the highest since the department began compiling comparable records in 2008.
    
Farmers in Grundy County are paying $316 an acre and those in Ida County $314 an acre, the two highest.
    
The lowest cash rents were paid in southern Iowa with Appanoose County listed at $150 an acre and Van Buren County at $156.
    
Fifteen counties had average rent less than $200 per acre in 2013, compared with 20 counties in 2012.
    
Cash rent paid for pasture in Iowa, at $49 per acre, was up $3 from 2012.
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