Sampson, Gabriel S.

September, 2022

By: Gardner, Grant ; Sampson, Gabriel S.
We examine capitalization of ethanol plant construction and capacity expansion into surrounding irrigated and non-irrigated farmland values using data on every land transaction in Kansas from 1995 to 2017 in a hedonic price model. We hypothesize that corn prices and thus land values are higher near ethanol plants. We further hypothesize that ethanol market expansion is capitalized into irrigated parcels to a greater extent than into nonirrigated parcels due to differences in water demand and precipitation. We estimate that an irrigated (nonirrigated) parcel within 50 km of an ethanol plant experiences an average price premium of 8.8% (6.3%) relative to more distant parcels.

September, 2020

By: Sampson, Gabriel S. ; Perry, Edward D. ; Tayler, Mykel R.
We estimate the effects of utility-scale wind turbines on agricultural land values in Kansas using parcel-level transaction data from 2001 to 2017 in a hedonic price model. By matching transaction data and wind turbine data at the common land units scale, we are able to ascertain on-farm effects as well as near-farm effects. Across all our analyses, the preponderance of results suggests that wind turbines do not affect agricultural property values, either on-farm or nearby, in a statistically significant way. Thus, our results cannot confirm that wind turbines will increase land values when installed on a parcel.