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2016 Farmland Rental Rates Workshops

Negotiating a fair rental agreement that satisfies the land owner and the farmer is a challenge. David Bau, Pauline Van Nurden, Gary Hachfeld and Nathan Hulinsky, Extension Educators in Ag Business Management, will provide several ways; by examples, factsheets and worksheets to determine a fair farm land rental rate for both parties.

Landlords, farmers, agri-business professionals should make plans to attend one of the informative meetings being held across Minnesota. These free meetings are being provided by the University of Minnesota Extension. Farm land rental rates have started to lower as corn and soybean prices continue to lower in 2016. Determining a fair farm rent agreement is a challenge in today’s economy with current significantly lower corn and soybeans prices in 2016 compared to recent record corn and soybean prices and record farm land values.

Topics covered at the meetings will include local historic and projected farm land 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.

Meetings are scheduled at numerous sites across Minnesota in November and December. See the schedule to 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.

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