Farmland meetings set in southeast Iowa
OSKALOOSA — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is conducting farmland leasing meetings at four different sites in southeast Iowa, including Fairfield, during late July and August.
Other meeting sites include Oskaloosa, Mt. Pleasant and Wapello, and meetings are coordinated by county ISU Extension and Outreach offices.
Topics to be covered during each meeting include:
• Iowa cash rental rate survey and land values survey;
• Comparison of different types of leases;
• Writing and terminating a farm lease;
• Impacts of yields and prices;
• Calculating a fair cash rent;
• The New Farm Program: ARC vs. PLC enrollment decisions;
• Use of spreadsheets to compare leases;
• Crop cost and margin estimates for 2015; and
• ISU Extension resources.
“These meetings will provide information to landlords, tenants and other agri-business professionals on issues concerning current lease rates and lease arrangements, commodity market trends and new government programs,” said Charles Brown, farm business management specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.
Meetings will last approximately three hours and be facilitated by Brown.
Pre-registration is required at least two days before the meeting and a $20 per individual or $30 per couple fee is payable at the door. Registrants will receive a 100-page booklet containing farmland leasing information.
The farmland leasing meeting will be at 9 a.m. Aug. 5 at the Jefferson County ISU Extension Office in Fairfield. To register, call the Jefferson County ISU Extension Office at 472-4166.
For a list of meetings, check the ISU Extension calendar at www.extension.iastate.edu/calendar.