The Missouri barn is disappearing as farmland prices soar

  • Terrell Daily
  • Missouri barns are fading back into the land.

While the market suggests it’s a great time to own farmland in Missouri, fate and the elements have not been so kind to the ancient barns that dot that same land. Earlier this week, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City announced that farmland prices in parts of seven central states (Kansas and western Missouri included) rose 25 percent in 2011. That news comes in the wake of a movement in Missouri to save the family barn — the Associated Press had a story yesterday on the creation of the Missouri Barn Alliance and Rural Network, an organization dedicated to surveying and, in some cases, repurposing historical barns.

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