Farmland Leasing and Management Workshops to address setting fair cash rents

Meeting sites include Toledo on Aug. 5

ALTOONA – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is conducting a dozen in-person farmland lease meetings in Central Iowa in early August. Meeting sites include Adel, Altoona, Ames, Boone, Grinnell, Grundy Center, Indianola, Knoxville, Newton, Marshalltown, Oskaloosa, and Toledo. Participants will also receive a 100-page Farmland Leasing Arrangements booklet.

The discussion will focus on various methods to determine a fair 2025 cash rental rate and the importance of good landlord/tenant communications. According to the May 2024 Annual Cash Rental Rates for Iowa Survey, File C2–10, the cash rental rates for Iowa farmland, rates remained the same as the 2023 statewide average at $279 per acre.

The Toledo in-person meeting will be on Monday, August 5, beginning at 1:30 p.m. This meeting will be at The Tama County Extension office, 203 W. High St., Toledo, IA 523442. Patrick Hatting, Farm Management Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will facilitate the two-hour meeting. Participants of the in-person meetings will receive a 100-page Farmland Leasing Arrangements booklet and meeting handouts designed to assist landowners, tenants and other agri-business professionals with issues related to farmland ownership, management, and leasing arrangements.

Pre-registration is required at least two days before the in-person meeting. Contact the ISU Tama County Extension at 641-484-2703 to pre-register on or before Friday, August 2, before noon. The $20 per individual fee with one book is payable at the door.

For a list of meetings statewide, check the ISU Extension calendar for a meeting time for the county you want to attend at www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm/info/meetings.html.