The Iowa 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.
Initially 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 the state.
Meet the Owners
Kenneth 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.
Gregory 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.