Farmland Leasing Meetings to Discuss Communication Importance for Landowner and Tenant

Farmland Leasing Meetings to Discuss Communication Importance for Landowner and Tenant
 
ALTOONA, Iowa ― According the Cash Rental Rates for Iowa – 2017 Survey released in May, the average 2017 cash rent statewide declined by an average of 7 percent as compared to 2016. The drop is due to lower crop prices impacting farm tenant profitability. Closer communication and innovations will be vital for landowners and tenants as they work out farmland rental rates in an era of lower crop revenues and rising interest in soil conservation and water quality.
 
Join Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for farmland leasing meetings across 12 different sites in Central Iowa during late July and August. Meeting sites include Gladbrook, Boone, Oskaloosa, Knoxville, Adel, Newton, Altoona, Grinnell, Nevada, Indianola, Marshalltown and Winterset and are coordinated by county ISU Extension and Outreach offices.
 
Discussion at these meetings will focus on various methods to determine a fair cash rental rate and the importance of tenant/landlord communications.
 
The Altoona meeting site will be Wednesday, Aug. 2, beginning at 7 p.m. with doors open at 6:30 p.m. This is the home of the Polk County Extension Office located at 1625 Adventureland Drive, Suite A, in Altoona. The meeting will last approximately three hours and will be facilitated by Steve Johnson, farm and agriculture business management specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.
 
Pre-registration is required at least two days before the meeting and a $20 per individual or $30 per couple fee is payable at the door. Participants will receive a 100-page booklet and meeting handouts designed to assist landowners, tenants and other agri-business professionals with issues related to farmland ownership, management and leasing arrangements.
 
Contact the Polk County Extension office at (515) 957-5760 with your questions or to pre-register on or before Monday, July 31.
 
For a list of meetings statewide, check the ISU Extension calendar for a meeting near you.

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