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Iowa Family Sells Farm to Help Next Generation

Dale Nimrod shows his wife Sonya around the family farm in southwest Iowa. He and his siblings recently sold the land to help a young couple establish their own family farm. (Practical Farmers of Iowa)
Dale Nimrod shows his wife Sonya around the family farm in southwest Iowa. He and his siblings recently sold the land to help a young couple establish their own family farm. (Practical Farmers of Iowa)
January 19, 2016

DECORAH, Iowa - The Farmland Owner Award is given annually by the Practical Farmers of Iowa to non-operator landlords who help get the next generation of farmers started on the land.

This year's winners, Dale Nimrod of Decorah along with his sister Faith and brother Vance, sold their southwest Iowa farm to Mark and Melanie Peterson at a special rate, because he says they wanted to make sure the land remained in good hands.

"The goal really is to invest in my community," says Nimrod. "That was very important to us three kids in growing up, and I think the best way to invest is to find a person who's going to plug in the values that we have."

The Nimrods' parents purchased the farm in 1944, but their father died before he had a chance to work the land. Their mother raised the children on the farm, and the kids note it was with the support of the nearby town of Stanton and their church.

The 240-acre parcel was sold after Dale Nimrod contacted not a realtor, but the local pastor, to suggest names of young people who wanted to establish their own family farm.

"I'm not different from many other people that are getting ready to sell their farm," Nimrod says. "We would like for a nice young family, who's interested in the church and interested in the school, and interested in the community, and is going to plug in there to get on our farm."

Instead of selling the land for market rate, he says the Nimrod family based the sale price on production value, making it affordable for the Petersons.

Dale Nimrod says it didn't seem right to simply sell the family farm to the highest bidder.

"When it comes to land transfers, and maybe lots of natural resources, we only have the right to use it. And then, it's time to pass it on to someone else," says Nimrod

The award will be presented at the Practical Farmers of Iowa annual conference in Ames, this Friday.

Jeff Stein, Public News Service - IA