Farmland Used by ISU to be Sold Near Ames, Council Bluffs

June 16th, 2005

The Committee for Agricultural Development (CAD) plans to sell nearly 800 acres of farmland it owns in central and southwest Iowa.

The land primarily has been used by CAD for growing Iowa State University-developed seed and by U.S. Department of Agriculture and Iowa State scientists for watershed research. "The research by USDA and ISU scientists has either been completed or shifted to other areas," said Del Koch, director of CAD, which is a nonprofit organization affiliated with Iowa State.

CAD used 439 acres northwest of Ames to grow ISU soybeans, oats and other crops destined for public distribution. The land also was used by ISU faculty for plant-breeding research, agronomy courses and horse pasture. Nearly all the land is located in Story County except for 40 acres that extends into Boone County. The land was acquired in four separate purchases in the 1970s and in 1997.

Iowa State's 1996 Land Management Plan identified the Ames area land as a low priority for university purposes and recommended it could be sold within 10 years. The plan took into account the need to relocate agricultural activities away from Ames' urban growth. In recent years CAD has moved much of its seed production to other fields and most of the ISU activities have been relocated.

The 360 acres in Pottawattamie County — near Treynor, 11 miles east of Council Bluffs — was the site for 40 years of field-scale watershed research conducted by USDA and Iowa State scientists. The research, involving soil, crop and water management practices, was completed last year. The land was acquired in 1964.

Hertz Real Estate Service in Nevada is coordinating the sales. Bids on the Ames area land will be due on Aug. 5 and a bid-off auction will be held the week of Aug. 8. The Pottawattamie County land will be sold at public auction on Aug. 3 at the Treynor Community Center in Treynor.

For more information on either sale, contact Hertz, (515) 382-1500.

Established in 1943, the mission of CAD is to produce and make publicly available crop seeds developed by Iowa State researchers and to acquire and maintain adequate farmland for ISU agricultural research and education.

CAD plans to use proceeds from the sales to provide a $1 million grant to help Iowa State University establish its new dairy facility south of Ames.

Contacts: 

Del Koch, Committee for Agricultural Development, (515) 294-4166
Brian Meyer, Agriculture Communications, (515) 294-0706