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22 – Sep – 2022

Reclaiming a Strip-Mined Farm in Western Illinois

The Sun Spot coal mine in Astoria, Illinois, was once an economic engine for the town. From 1962 to 1983, it produced 17.6 million tons of coal and was a major employer in the area. It also left behind a big mess when it shuttered. Farmland was destroyed or depleted. Wildlife habitat was disrupted. And […]
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FPI Insights
16 – Sep – 2022

Putting Our Portfolio in Perspective

There are more than 225 real estate investment trusts (REITs) in the United States that are registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission to trade on a stock exchange. Farmland Partners is different than almost every one of them. For example, most REITs invest in buildings. FPI buys land. And investing in land instead of […]
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Farmer Stories
23 – Aug – 2022

Randy Phelps: ‘Farming’s the Fun Part’

There was a lot on Randy Phelps’ mind as he was planting corn and soybeans on the farmland he farms across four counties in central Illinois. Input costs and interest rates are climbing, which threatens to cut into margins. Labor has become more expensive and harder to find, and truck drivers needed to haul grain […]
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In the News
10 – Aug – 2022

Farmland Values Surge Amid Strong Crop Prices and Inflation

The average value of American cropland across the country has risen by about 14% in 2022 as strong commodity prices and inflation eclipsed rising input and other production costs. It was the second straight year farmers saw substantial increases in the value of their land, with some of the biggest jumps in the Northern Plains, […]
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Farmer Stories
09 – Aug – 2022

Smith Family Farms’ Sweet Story

According to Georgia’s Department of Agriculture, the farmer who first planted onions in Toombs County in the ‘30s was surprised when they tasted sweet, not hot. Locals and visitors bought the sweet onions at the Vidalia Farmers’ Market and were hooked on “Vidalia Onions,” a name that’s now protected by trademark and Georgia law. Today, […]
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In the News
01 – Aug – 2022

Barron’s: Farmland Is a Stable Asset to Protect Against Inflation. How to Invest.

At a time when stock prices are slumping and inflation is soaring, farmland looks to be an appealing investment. It is a real asset that performs well in inflationary environments, delivers stable returns over long holding periods, and exhibits low correlation to financial assets. What’s more, farmland prices stand to benefit from growing concerns about […]
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FPI Insights
25 – Jul – 2022

The Power of Productivity

The University of Minnesota’s website proudly profiles one alumnus with a powerful headline – “The man who saved a billion lives.” The article on Norman Borlaug details how the agronomist started the “Green Revolution” by developing new varieties of wheat to boost yields and feed starving people around the world. His efforts to enhance agricultural […]
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Farmer Stories
19 – Jul – 2022

Nice Lawn, Charlie Baucom

The straight lines left from a recent mowing of Charlie Baucom’s lawn in Marion County, South Carolina seemed to stretch as far as the eye can see. It is lush green and there isn’t a bare patch or a brown spot anywhere in sight. Charlie has the kind of grass people would pay for – […]
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In the News
14 – Jul – 2022

Op-Ed: American Farmland’s Ability to Weather Economic Storms

It should come as no surprise that agriculture emerged from one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression even stronger. After all, people must eat whether times are plentiful or scarce. In fact, worldwide food demand continues to rise alongside population growth, even as the supply of farmable acres per capita shrinks. Consider this: […]
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Farmer Stories
07 – Jul – 2022

Martinsville, Ill: A Little Town with a Big Farming Heritage

Derek Pine’s story is probably like a lot of the people who live around Martinsville, Illinois. “I knew from a very young age what I was gonna do,” said Pine, a fourth-generation farmer. “I knew I was gonna farm when I was big enough to follow dad around…when I was big enough to walk.” Martinsville […]
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