Farmland Leasing Workshops Scheduled for July and August Print
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Written by Joy Venhorst   
Thursday, 16 June 2011 12:24

AMES, Iowa—Landowners, tenants and other agri-business professionals with an interest in farmland ownership, management and leasing agreements should plan to attend one of more than 50 farmland leasing meetings scheduled forJuly and August. The workshops are facilitated by Iowa State University Extension farm management specialists and heldall across the state.

“I’ve had numerous contacts this year from persons who have questions about farmland values and rental rates,” saidMelissa O’Rourke, ISU Extension farm and agribusiness management specialist. “Due to the increases in land values and cash rents, there is definitely a heightened interest in farm leasing arrangements.”
O’Rourke said ISU Extension research indicates that the average age of farmland owners continues to rise; with 55 percent of Iowa's farmland owned by people over the age of 65 and 28 percent of the land owned by individuals over age 75. The research also indicates that children and surviving spouses of farmers are less likely to continue operating the farm themselves. That’s a major reason why farmland leasing continues to increase, according to O’Rourke

The workshops are approximately three hours in length and provide each workshop attendee with a set of useful materials about farm leasing arrangements. The topics to be covered during the 2011 workshops include:

Cash Rental Rate Survey and Land Values Survey
Comparison of different types of leases
Lease termination
Impacts of yields and prices
Calculating a fair cash rent
Use of spreadsheets to compare leases
Available Internet resources
The AgDM leasing meetings page www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm/info/meetings.html lists meeting dates, locations and links to more information. Locations will be added as they become available, or contact an ISU Extension county office to find the nearest meeting location.

The leasing section of AgDM also provides useful materials for negotiating leases, information on various types of leases, lease forms and newly updated Decision Tools. ISU Extension farm management specialists believe having the latest information and knowing where to find the best resources will make decisions easier for those involved with farmland leases.

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