Star Tribune exclusive: Land rush
The agriculture industry is riding high, leading to a wave of expansion driving up the cost of cropland. Ever-new record prices raise worries the bubble is about to burst. Updated Jun. 17, 2012
This occasional Star Tribune series explored the implications of rapidly rising prices for farmland in Minnesota.
Investors of every stripe flock to the nation's breadbasket.
With skyrocketing farmland prices and crop insurance guarantees, black...
The windfall that comes from selling the family farm is helping remake rural areas.
Darwyn Bach and his children spent a recent day picking rocks from a cornfield. He says insurance has fed increases in his farm rent.
Many crop insurance policies guarantee a profit, which, some say, feeds competition - and boosts prices -- for cropland. Who pays? Taxpayers.
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.
The housing bust and commodity boom have altered land-use patterns at the edge of suburbia.
Mark Vogel, with his wife, Joanna, and children, farms with sister Melissa Hemmings, far left, and brother Ivan Vogel, right.