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Duffy retiring but land value survey will continue

By Jean Caspers-Simmet

Date Modified: 01/19/2014 8:13 PM

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AMES, Iowa — The 2013 Iowa Land Value Survey will be Iowa State University Extension economist Mike Duffy's last because he is retiring.

"I started in 1986 at the lowest point, and I'm going out at the highest," Duffy quipped during a press conference.

The 2014 survey will be conducted by the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development at ISU. Duffy said he has been working closely with CARD director Catherine Kling, and she has indicated to him that she has no plans for big changes.

Duffy said he may be assisting CARD with the next survey.

"I have a lot of confidence in Cathy and CARD continuing the survey," Duffy said. "I'm really happy with that."

CARD also will carry on Duffy's work on the Iowa Farmland Ownership Study, which is compiled every five years and mandated by the Iowa Legislature.