What is a profitable, but fair farm rental agreement?

Landlords, farmers, agri-business professionals should make plans to attend one of the informational meetings being held across 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.
One workshop will be held in Carver County on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. at the Carver County Extension office in Cologne. Another will be held in Jordan that day.
Questions about these workshops should be directed to Laura Kieser, Agriculture Extension Educator, at (952) 466-5306 or (952) 492-5386. Kieser can also be emailed at torb0022@umn.edu.

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