Capital Agricultural Property Services (CAPS)

Capital Agricultural Property Services (CAPS) offers farm management to all types of property owners and investors nationwide. CAPS real estate professionals provide brokerage services for farms for sale via private treaty or auction, as well as buyer broker representation. CAPS’ offices and associates are strategically located in the prime agricultural regions of the U. S. giving us a unique perspective and skill set to help landowners meet their goals and objectives. In 2011, CAPS celebrated its 25th year as an agricultural leader in farmland real estate sales and property management.

Farm Industry News and Updates

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its final total for U.S. agricultural exports in Fiscal Year 2014, which soared to a record $152.5 billion (up from last year’s record of $141 billion). Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement regarding the record-setting year: “American farmers and ranchers have once again achieved another year of record exports Agricultural exports have climbed 41 percent in value over the past five years. U.S. agricultural exports have increased in volume as well as in monetary value, which demonstrates an increasing global appetite for high-quality, American-grown products.” Read more.

The past year, some of America’s leaders in agricultural technology products worked together with American Farm Bureau Federation and industry trade organizations to come up with a set of core principles for farm data privacy (i.e.: big data).  The principles identified should help these agriculture technology providers (ATPs) develop new privacy policies and ensure existing policies protect farmers’ privacy. The core principles address ownership, notifications, transparency and consistency, portability, disclosure, date retention and availability and unlawful or anti-competitive activities. Principle details.

Free Mobile App: If you follow or are involved in the ag industry in any way … whether as a farmer, crop advisor, grain merchandiser, analyst, trader, or broker … you may want to download the newest, free mobile app designed to keep you informed of the latest market activity throughout the day: For Apple or For Android.

Bumpy Road Ahead? Midwest Cash Rents for 2015: We are now entering the time of year when discussions start to surface between the landowner and tenant on what the cash rent may be for the following year. The last few years, the landowner has been in the driver’s seat as record high commodity prices, along with record high net farm income, allowed cash rent values to climb to all time highs. As a landowner, how do you know what to charge for cash rent in 2015?  Read more.

Big Data: Who owns it, who has access, and who controls it? There is a lot being written about Big Data, and some are equating it to the mechanization revolution that hit agriculture in the last century – suddenly more could be produced with less labor and reduced inputs. So it can be with Big Data. It’s a further adaptation of technology that has been building and gaining acceptance for years. Read more.

Land leases or rental agreements are an important part of farmland management. A recent Iowa State University bulletin presents some of the risks and rewards of different lease types: Link to Article

CAPS’ Executive Manager Tim Harris gave a presentation on farmland leases to land owners. The talk has been broken into three video clips, Land Lease Basics, Negotiation Tips and Determining Rental Rates. The clips can be viewed on the CAPS YouTube Channel.