ISU Extension and Outreach 2020 Farmland Leasing Arrangement Programs Offered in Multiple Ways

ISU Extension and Outreach 2020 Farmland Leasing Arrangement Programs Offered in Multiple Ways

 By Ann Johanns | Extension Program Specialist | Iowa State University Extension and Outreach | 515-337-2766 |

Focus on improving communication to benefit all parties involved in leasing arrangements

AMES, Iowa – Iowa farmers entered 2020 with uncertainty regarding trade agreements with China and the uncertainty has escalated with the impacts of COVID-19. In the midst of the turmoil, agricultural production continues and along with that, decisions regarding farmland rental arrangements. With ongoing concerns to reduce the spread of COVID-19, ISU Extension farm management specialists will provide educational materials on farmland leasing in a myriad of ways to reach individuals in the method most accessible for them.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host multiple farmland leasing meetings during July and August at various times and locations throughout Iowa. The annual meetings are offered to address questions that land owners, tenants or other interested individuals have about leasing farmland.

Core components of the 2020 program will be land values and cash rent trends, cost of production, methods for determining a fair rental rate, the latest legal updates that impact farm leases and land ownership, and communication between tenants or landlords.

A 100-page workbook to compliment the program topics includes resources regarding land leasing agreements such as surveys, sample written lease agreements and termination forms, along with many other publications.

Find local options for meetings and webinars

To allow for social distancing requirements, pre-registration is REQUIRED. Face coverings are advised, and social distancing will be adhered to. Registration fees vary. To pre-register, call or e-mail the local County Extension Office host site.

Ag Decision MakerThe leasing meetings being held across Iowa are facilitated by farm management specialists with ISU Extension and Outreach. A listing of the ISU Extension and Outreach county offices hosting meetings. Live webinars and recorded videos will also be offered as alternative methods to attending an in-person leasing program. A statewide webinar with ISU Extension Economists and other guest speakers will be offered on August 25, 2020. The Ag Decision Maker meeting page will also provide webinar details and video recordings.

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



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