February 27, 2024

Careers in Agriculture: Helping others buy and sell land

Farm real estate

REMINGTON, Ind. — At Hageman Realty, faith, family and farmland are the heart of the business.

Sara Hageman Schenck is the owner of the company. In the 1970s, her family worked together to acquire and improve farmland by creating drainage systems, improving soil fertility and implementing new agronomic practices.

The business evolved into helping others buy and sell land. Hageman Schenck shared her story with AgriNews.

What is your job title?

I am the owner and managing broker of Hageman Realty, a farm real estate company.

How long have you worked in this field?

I have worked in farm real estate for 22 years.

Did you know you wanted to work in ag? If so, why?

Yes, I did. My family has deep roots in agriculture. We have farmed for many generations. This instilled a deep love of the agriculture industry in me from a very young age.

What did you study in school?

I studied agribusiness management at Purdue University.

What do you love about your job?

I really enjoy working with people and helping them reach their goals — whether they are looking to buy land, sell land, or just have questions, I always enjoy talking with them. I also love that I get to carry on the family business that my father and grandfather started.

What might a typical day at work look like?

On a typical day, you can find me on the road looking at land for buyers and sellers. I also spend a lot of time talking with people about buying and selling land.

What personality traits help someone be successful at your job?

It is important to build a diverse network of colleagues and friends. I also believe it is important to learn other things and skills that bring value to your clients.

Have you noticed any trends in rural or farmland sales over the summer?

Sales have maintained a steady rate so far through 2022.

What services does your company offer farmers and rural land owners?

Hageman Realty offers farmland sales and farm management.

Do you have an outlook or expectations for farm real estate values for the rest of the year?

We believe values will remain stable into 2023.

Learn more about Hageman Realty at www.hagemanrealty.com.

Erica Quinlan

Erica Quinlan

Field Editor