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Conservation Practices in Lease Agreements

The purpose of this lease supplement is to encourage cooperation between tenants and landlords to obtain and maintain needed conservation practices on a rented farm. Rent charges should reflect cost and risk incurred by farming practices. Conservation practices and improvements will not be made unless agreed to in advance and the tenant has the necessary machinery and management ability. A tenant is not likely to make an important contribution to soil conservation unless additional costs are shared or the tenant is assured repayment of an unexhausted value in case the lease agreement ends.

Landowner's Toolbox - Drake Law Center

The Video Library covers topics including land tenure and stewardship policy in Iowa, leasing to new farmers, conservation easements, woodlot management, and more. The video above provides an introduction to the tools available on this website. The Landowner's Guide to Sustainable Farm Leasing - This guide is meant to introduce landowners to the principle issues regarding the use of a lease agreement to promote a sustainable farm operation.

Conservation Practices for Landlords

There is growing concern over the possible impact of rented land on soil conservation. Concerns regarding conservation practices are not new; however, the recent increase in concerns has come about for several reasons. More than half of Iowa’s farmland is rented and operated by someone other than the owner. In addition, landowners are aging and therefore are less likely to be actively engaged in farming. The general assumption people have is if a farmer does not own the land they farm, they are less likely to have an incentive to use conservation practices.