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Avoid a 1980s Disaster
Elizabeth Williams DTN Special Correspondent
Fri Apr 12, 2013 07:39 AM CDT

INDIANOLA, Iowa (DTN) -- Farmer Don Halcomb would love to have a way to hedge land values. "I lived through the 1980s and know that when land values plummet it can destroy your balance sheet," said Halcomb, an Adairville, Ky., grain producer. In the past three to four years, Halcomb's land values in south-central Kentucky have risen 10% to 12% per year. He's worried that prices can't keep going up forever. "If you can short the home real estate market, it seems to me you should be able to hedge farmland ownership risk," Halcomb noted.

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