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Farmland leasing meeting set Aug. 17 in Kossuth County

By Staff | Jun 21, 2016

BURT – More than half of Iowa farmland is rented, and the percentage of farmland rented has increased over time due to the changing demographics of farmland owners.

Iowa farmland cash rental rates decreased overall this past year. Farmland values have also decreased.

Iowa State University Extension in Kossuth County is hosting a farmland leasing meeting at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 17 to address questions that land owners, tenants, or other interested individuals have about farmland leasing.

The meeting will be held at the activity complex located at 406 Bush St., Burt. The meeting is approximately 2.5 hours in length.

Similar meetings are being held across Iowa.

Other locations can be found by contacting the Kossuth County Extension office or the ISUEO calendar of events at www.extension.iastate.edu/calendar/ .

Attendees will gain an understanding of current cash rental rate surveys and factors driving next year’s rents such as market trends and input costs.

They will learn about types of leases and results of farmland value surveys.

Information on lease termination notices, Farm Bill updates and web-based resources will also be included.

A 100-page workbook will be included with registration that includes land leasing information such as surveys, sample written lease agreement and termination forms and other publications.

“Due to changes in commodity markets and government programs farmland owners and tenants have challenging decisions to make, and this meeting provides information to stay up-to-date on farmland leasing issues,” said Kelvin Leibold, an ISU Extension farm and farm management specialist.

Leibold will be the presenter at the meeting.

Registration is $20 per individual or $30 per couple. Pre-register by calling the Kossuth County Extension office at (515) 295-2469.

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