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What is a Fair Farm Rental Agreement?

By David Bau, Extension Educator

Landlords, Farmers, 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 profitable farm rental agreement is a challenge in today’s economy with recent record corn and soybean prices and record farm land values and current significantly lower price for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

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 rental agreement. Input costs for 2017 will be presented along with current 2017 corn and soybean prices. Worksheets will examine 2017 costs and what is affordable rent that a farmer will be able to pay in 2017, 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 2017 farm land rental rate is.

The meetings will be held in Ada, Albert Lea, Alexandria, Albert Lea, Benson, Blue Earth,   Buffalo, Caledonia, Chaska, Cologne, Elko New Market, Faribault, Farmington, Foley, Gaylord, Hutchinson, Jordan, Le Center, Litchfield, Little Falls, Long Prairie, Madison, Mankato, Melrose, Moorhead, Morris, Newfolden, Olivia, Owatonna, Park Rapids, Pipestone, Preston, Red Lake Falls, Rochester, St. Charles, St. Peter, Slayton, Sleepy Eye, Waseca, Wheaton, Willmar, and Worthington starting in Slayton on November 7, 2016 and ending in St. Peter on December 14, 2016.  Check out the Agricultural Business Management calendar on web at: for specific times and locations.

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