Ag land values go flat after decade-long boom

Angel Garcia Martinez works under a canopy of grape branches near Lamont as a crew of agriculture workers clear leaves on the vines to allow the grapes to grow and ripen, in a file photo.

Kern County’s farmland boom may have run its course.

With few exceptions, prices for local agricultural real estate have flattened out during the past year following a decade of sometimes steep increases, according to a new report by Bakersfield brokerage Alliance Ag Services.

Michael Ming, a broker with the company, said access to water is now the market’s “driving concern.”

“Water is the No. 1 concern of all buyers in the market now,” he said. “They’re looking for multiple sources of water — groundwater from well

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