Learn about farm rental agreements

Landlords, farmers and agri-business professionals should make plans to attend one of the informative meetings being held across Central and Southern Minnesota. These free meetings are being provided by the University of Minnesota Extension. Farm land rental rates have never been higher and determining a fair and profitable farm rent agreement is a challenge in today’s economy with near record corn and soybean prices and record farm land values.

Negotiating a fair rental agreement that satisfies the land owner and the farmer is a challenge. David Bau, Extension Educator in Ag Business Management, will provide several ways; by examples, factsheets and worksheets to determine a fair farm land rental rate for both parties.

Topics covered at the meetings will include local historic and projected farmland rental rate trends, current farm land values and sales, a worksheet that will help determine a fair and profitable rental agreement. Input costs for 2013 will be presented along with current 2013 corn and soybean prices. Worksheets will examine 2013 costs and what is affordable rent that a farmer will be able to pay in 2013, the rate of return to the landlord at current market values and examine flexible rental agreements.

Make plans to attend one of these meetings now. Attendees will receive several informative worksheets and factsheets that will help to determine what is a fair and profitable 2013 farm land rental rate is. This workshop is free to attend.

There are two opportunities to attend this workshop in Carver and Scott Counties. Both workshops will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2012. The first workshop will take place at 10 AM at the Carver County Extension office in Cologne, MN. The second workshop will take place at 1:00 PM at the Scott County Extension office in Jordan, MN.
Questions about these workshops should be directed to Laura Kieser, Agriculture Extension Educator, by calling 952-466-5306 or 952-492-5386. Laura can also be emailed at torb0022@umn.edu.

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