Land rush: Boom times on the farm

  • This occasional Star Tribune series explored the implications of rapidly rising prices for farmland in Minnesota.

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Marc Schober

With skyrocketing farmland prices and crop insurance guarantees, black...

Darwyn Bach and his children spent a recent day picking rocks from a cornfield. He says insurance has fed increases in his farm rent.

In Waconia, the Siegle farm family sold nearly 80 acres for the Waterford housing development. The family later repurchased 16 acres for a fraction of their selling price.

Mark Vogel, with his wife, Joanna, and children, farms with sister Melissa Hemmings, far left, and brother Ivan Vogel, right.