COLUMBIA, Mo. – Landowners and renters can learn about farm leases from University of Missouri Extension specialists 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at seven locations across the state.
Participants can also attend via Zoom, says Joe Koenen, MU Extension County engagement specialist in agriculture and natural resources and longtime presenter on farm leases.
“Open communication is the key,” Koenen says. “Communication helps landlords and tenants find a middle ground for leases and helps both parties understand their responsibilities and rights.”
This is especially important now, he says. “With fertilizer and chemical prices as high as they are, it is critical that landlords and tenants attend so they know current rental trends.”
In addition to Koenen, presenters include MU Extension specialists Darla Campbell, Tracie Moore, Mary Sobba, Randa Doty, Rachel Hopkins and Jason Morris.
Topics include current rental rates and trends, items to include in a lease, terminating a lease, recreational leases, and crop and livestock share arrangements.
Locations offering online and in-person sessions:
• Milan. Milan Community Center, 203 N. Market St.
• Monticello. MU Extension Center in Lewis County, 104 E. Jefferson St.
• Carrollton. Carrollton Public Library, 1 Folger St.
• Fulton. MU Extension Center in Callaway County, 5803 County Road 302.
• Potosi. First Baptist Church, 10479 State Highway P.
• Poplar Bluff. MU Extension Center in Butler County, 614 Lindsay St.
• Tarkio. Tarkio Technology Institute, 404 N. 13th St.
For details and registration, go to muext.us/MissouriFarmLeases.
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service publishes average cash rental rates for farm, forage and pasture ground each year. MU Extension studies rates every three years. “Cash Rental Rates in Missouri,” updated December 2021, is available for free download at extension.missouri.edu/g427.
— MU Extension