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Siouxlanders discuss land value trends, Chinese impact on agriculture during session

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – On Monday Siouxlanders discussed the trends of land value and the impact China has had on agriculture as part of an informational session at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Center in Sioux City.

The program was geared towards agriculture businesses, community leaders, and farmers.

Dr. Wendong Zhang, an economist at Iowa State University, spoke about the ongoing trade negotiations between the two countries and the impact the trade war has had on Iowa’s ag future.

He says this topic is important because China is one of the major trading partners with the United States for agriculture.

“We’re at a critical juncture. We essentially have witnessed the largest trade war in human history and voted on in the last year,” said Zhang.

Attendees say they learned a lot from the presentation, and that it covered a wide range of topics that pertained to anyone involved in agriculture.

“The information on land values in the state of Iowa, in the western part of the state particularly, their consistency despite continuous years of commodity price declines is of general interest to me, and a lot of the producers I work with,” said Graham McGaffin, Associate Director of Conservation & Loess Hills Programs.

If you were unable to attend, here is a link to Dr. Zhang’s presentation.

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