Farmland Leasing Workshop

Farmland Leasing

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Cerro Gordo County Farmland Leasing Workshop

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

1:30-4:00 p.m.
 Beem Center, NIACC, 500 College Drive, Mason City

Attend Farmland Leasing Meetings to Increase Understanding of Rental Agreements

Farm tenants and land owners are encouraged to attend August 19 in Mason City

MASON CITY, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Cerro Gordo County is hosting a farmland leasing meeting on August 19 at 1:30 p.m., Beem Center at NIACC, 500 College Drive in Mason City. The annual meeting is offered to address questions that land owners, tenants or other interested individuals have about leasing farmland. Cerro Gordo County Women, Land and Legacy will be helping with registration.

“More than half of Iowa’s farmland is rented, and strong landlord/tenant relationships are important for the long-term viability of Iowa’s valuable farmland,” said Kelvin Leibold, farm management specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “Iowa farmland cash rental rates decreased by $14 an acre from 2014 to 2015; every district in Iowa showed a decline in reported rental values. The decreases ranged from $24 in Central Iowa to $4 in northeast Iowa. Northeast Iowa reported the highest average in 2015 at $273, and the lowest district value was $187 in south central Iowa.”

The three-hour workshop is designed to assist landowners, farm tenants and other agri-business professionals with current issues related to farmland ownership, management and leasing arrangements. Attendees will gain understanding of current cash rental rate surveys and factors driving next year’s rents such as market trends and input costs. Additional information on the 2014 Iowa State Land Value Survey, 2014 Farm Bill, flexible leases, Corn Suitability Rating Index (CSR2) and Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy will be presented.

Each registrant will receive a 100-page workbook with resources regarding land leasing agreements such as surveys, sample written lease agreements and termination forms and many other publications. Similar meetings are being held across the region during July and August.

  • $20 per individual or $30 percouple – includes workbook. Please register prior to workshop.
  • Register at the Cerro Gordo County Extension, 2023 S. Federal, Mason City or call 641-423-0844 for more information. Registration fees are used to offset expenses.The Leasing Meetings page ( lists available meeting dates, locations, and registration information. Locations will be added as they become available, or contact any county extension office to find the nearest meeting location. The Leasing section ( of Ag Decision Maker also provides useful materials for negotiating leases, information on various types of leases, and lease forms.

The Ag Decision Maker leasing section also provides useful materials for negotiating leases, information on various types of leases, lease forms and newly updated Decision Tools.

Related links:
Ag Decision Maker leasing materials –

Related publications:
Computing a Cropland Cash Rental Rate –
Improving Your Farm Lease Contract –
Considering Sustainable Agriculture on Your Rented Land –

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