The Goss Rural Mainstreet Index yesterday rose to 56.1 in December, up from November's reading of 54.3. A reading of 50 represents growth-neutral. The farmland price index, though, fell to 47, its lowest level since December 2009, and was down from a reading of 54.3 in November. Iowa is one of 10 states included in the index. Iowa's reading on the index was 55.3, up from its reading of 53.9 in November. The farmland price index fell less than the overall index, with a reading of 52.3, down from 53.5. The index is run by Ernie Goss, the Jack A. MacAllister Chair in Regional Economics at Creighton University. Results are derived from a survey of bank CEOs in the 10 states.