Mike Walsten

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Mike Walsten has covered major business trends in agriculture for more than 35 years. From the southern corn leaf blight of 1970 to today's biofuels focus, he''s lived, reported and analyzed the impact of volatile markets on farm and ranch businesses and on land prices. After growing up on a grain and livestock farm in Western Illinois, Mike graduated from the University of Illinois with an undergraduate degree in agriculture communications and a master''s degree in business administration in the early 1970s. Since then he''s covered business and management issues as well as price outlook and marketing issues in various positions with Farm Journal Magazine and Professional Farmers of America. He now applies his extensive background and analytical skills to today's surprising farm and ranch market as editor of LandOwner.

Recent Stories by Mike Walsten


Iowa 2018 Cash Rents Rise 1%

May 29, 2018 by Mike Walsten
Cash rents in Iowa are up 1.4% to an average of $222 per acre for the 2018 crop year, according to an annual survey conducted by Iowa State University.

Farmland Market Defies Trend

Jul 05, 2017 by Mike Walsten
“Steady with exceptions” might be the best way to describe the farmland market, judging by the semi-annual market update from Farmers National Company (FNC).