Land Sales Report is a service of Land Sales, Incorporated a family owned
business. The Report had its start in 1987 when the Midwest land market
was near the bottom of a drastic decline resulting from the
rapid deterioration of the farm economy, which began in 1979.
the Report was available for only two counties – Humboldt and Webster.
Each report consisted of a photocopied county map, a simple price line
chart and detailed information about each sale. The service was so
well received that it was decided to expand coverage to the entire state.
This lofty goal was accomplished by 1991. As improved software became
available the Report was improved with digitally enhanced full color maps
and charts. The charting was expanded to include price trends for high,
medium and low quality land for counties, crop reporting districts and
Conrad, President of Land Sales, Inc., grew up on a farm
in Calhoun County Iowa where he was an active 4-H member. He graduated
from Iowa State University in 1960 and worked with the Agricultural
Marketing Service in Abilene, Texas. Later he was an economist in
Washington, D.C. for the Tariff Commission and the U.S. Department
of Agriculture. In 1970 he joined the firm of Iowa Farms Associates
in Fort Dodge. He worked in the areas of professional farm management,
appraisal and land sales. In 1987 he began his work with the Iowa
Land Sales Report expanding its coverage from only a few central
Iowa counties to all 99 counties of the state. He was co-owner of
Iowa Farms until 1994 when he established Land Sales, Inc. to concentrate
his efforts solely on the Iowa Land Sales Report. Ken is a member
of the American Society of Farm
Managers and Rural Appraisers.
Conrad is Vice President of Land Sales, Inc. He was born
in Fairfax County Virginia and moved to Iowa with his parents in 1970.
Although he spent his childhood in the city of Fort Dodge, he enjoyed
spending time at his grandparents' farms near Creston and Callender.
Greg is a 4-H alumnus. He graduated from Iowa State University in
1988 with a double major in business administration and political
science. In 1993, he received a Masters Degree in Public Administration
from ISU. Greg has been employed with the Iowa Land Sales Report since
1989, after returning to Iowa from New York City where he was employed
as an Audit and Control Analyst at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer
Center. Gregory served as a county soil and water conservation district
commissioner for six years and was a charter member of Prairie
Rivers of Iowa Resource Conservation and Development, Inc.