Northwest Iowa — A lot of farmland in Iowa is leased, so a good farm lease is important — that from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Gary Wright, extension farm management specialist says the annual Farmland Leasing and Value Meetings are coming up. He says the meetings are intended for current and prospective tenants and landlords and will cover fair cash rents and much more.
He says they schedule it that way so that those involved can make decisions after the meetings, but before the September first deadline.
He says the meetings are about two and a half hours long, and participants also get a 100-page book associated with it.
Wright says this year, especially because of COVID-19, they would like you to please call and preregister instead of just showing up.
In our area, the meetings will be on August 5 in the Sheldon City Office Basement Room at 9 a.m. Call O’Brien County Extension to register at 712-957-5045; at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids later that same day — August 5th at 2 p.m. — call the Lyon County or Osceola County Extension Offices to register at 712-472-2576 or 712-754-3648; and they’ll be in Orange City on August 18th at 9 a.m., at the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office in the former hospital building downtown. Call that office to register at 712-737-4230.
If you can’t make those meetings, or if another meeting is closer to you, you can register for any session. There will also be sessions in Pocahontas, Cherokee, Emmetsburg, Spirit Lake, Le Mars, Storm Lake, Sioux City, and Spencer. Just call your local extension office for more information or go to extension.iastate.edu/countyservices  and click on the county where you’d like to attend for their contact information.