This month, there are 72 upcoming land auctions and 639 active land listings across Iowa. Here's a list of the top 10 counties with the most available land for sale:
The USDA offers landowners a voluntary Conservation Reserve Program, referred to most often as CRP.
What is CRP?
CRP is a guaranteed rental contract for land that has been farmed three out of the last five years, is considered highly erodible (HEL) and can be used for conservation benefits.
The title of this article, while meant to convey a simple and easy to read piece, may belie the complexity and multitude of options available when purchasing and financing farm land. Financing options are plentiful: fixed vs variable rate, various mixes and matches of terms and amortizations, balloon payment or fully amortizing, open prepayment options or prepayment penalties, and so on. Once a loan product is chosen, it is typically difficult and costly to undue or change. Your choice is final until the loan runs its course or one chooses to refinance. While the availability of options is great from a borrowing standpoint and for the ability to customize the borrowing experience, it also requires a certain level of understanding to make an informed decision.