The average American adult travels 26 minutes to get to work, according to government surveys. And while Omaha is light-years from the worst commuting city, both census data and anecdotal evidence suggest our once-simple trips to work are getting longer and harder, too.

This farmland seems like a winning lottery ticket because it might fetch $40,000 or $50,000 an acre if or when they sell it to a developer. They know that’s serious money. They know it’s inevitable, though they don’t like to think about closing the book on five generations of Rohwers who have farmed in west Omaha — or west of Omaha — since the Civil War.