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Farmland and timberland post positive returns in the second quarter

by Sara Kassabian

Timberland and farmland both posted positive returns in second quarter 2013, according to the NCREIF Farmland Index and NCREIF Timberland Index. After posting the highest first quarter returns to date, the farmland index’s returns were significantly lower in the second quarter, while the timberland index performed strongly with positive returns, according to the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF).

In second quarter 2013, the farmland index posted a total return of 1.97 percent, composed of 0.83 percent appreciation and 1.14 percent income return, the second lowest total return in the past eight quarters, according to NCREIF. In the first quarter, farmland returned record first quarter numbers at 5.44 percent.

Permanent cropland outperformed annual cropland in the second quarter, with permanent cropland returning 2.73 percent and annual cropland returning 1.58 percent. This is the eighth consecutive quarter where outperformanc

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