Top target regions for foreign farmland investment (since the year 2000)
Source: Land Matrix, 2013
The issues surrounding farmland investment are not, however, restricted to developing countries. The preliminary results of the 2012 Iowa Farmland Ownership Survey compiled every five years by Iowa State University on behalf of the Iowa Legislature show that 62 percent of Iowa farmland is now owned by farmland investors and other non-farmers, up from 60 percent in the 2007 survey and 55 percent in 2002, constituting over a 10% fall in farmer ownership over the last decade.
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