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Altoona workshop on farmland leasing strategies

By Staff | May 26, 2017

ALTOONA – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s annual statewide survey for cash rental rates shows average cash rents for tillable acres planted to corn or soybeans are down by 4.8 percent or $11 per acre to $219 per tillable acre for 2017. This is the fourth consecutive year that average cash rents have declined in Iowa accumulating to nearly a 19 percent drop since 2013. The average 2017 cash rent is still higher than the average rate in 2011.

Farmland owners will learn about farmland leasing strategies at an upcoming workshop at the Polk County ISU Extension office on Friday, June 9, in Altoona.

Topics include:

– Demographics: The Changing Face of Iowa Agriculture, presented by David J. Peters, Associate Professor, ISU Extension Rural Sociologist

– Controlling Palmer Amaranth, presented by Mark Johnson, Field Agronomist, ISU Extension and Outreach

– Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, presented by Lynne Campbell, Communications Specialist, ISU Extension and Outreach

– Legal and legislative update, presented by Kristine Tidgren, Attorney & Assistant Director, ISU Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation

– Farmland Leasing Education Strategies, presented by Steve Johnson, Farm Management Specialist, and Cole Moody, Farm Management Summer Intern, ISU Extension and Outreach

The workshop starts at 9 a.m., with doors opening at 8:30 a.m., at the Polk County ISU Extension Office, 1625 Adventureland Drive, Suite A, in Altoona. The workshop will last until 3 p.m. with a catered lunch.

Pre-registration is required by Monday, June 5, at $35 per individual or $50 per couple, payable at the door.

Contact the Polk County Extension office at 515-957-5760 or sfessler@iastate.edu to pre-register or to get more details.

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