Update On Farmland Ownership, Leasing Issues

You can tune-in to a free webinar Sept. 21 focusing on Iowa farmland ownership and lease agreements. Specialists will also explain how farm leases can be used to encourage soil conservation.

Published on: Sep 21, 2011

The Iowa Learning Farms' (ILF) September webinar, to be held Wednesday, Sept. 21 at noon, will feature Ed Cox, who will share his work with the Sustainable Agricultural Land Stewardship project. The webinar is part of a series, hosted by ILF, held on the third Wednesday of each month. The webinars are held over the noon hour through Adobe Connect. To view, listen to and participate in this online discussion, all you need to have is a computer with Internet access.

Cox, who is with the Agricultural Law Center at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, will discuss the recent two-year study that focused on Iowa farmland ownership and lease agreements. The study compiled resources for landowners about how farm leases can be used to encourage soil conservation. As farmland changes hands at an increasing rate, some new owners have little or no agricultural experience and may not live in the same county or state where the farm is located. While these landowners won't be farming the land themselves, they may well have concerns about the land and how it is farmed.

Session will also provide resources for landowners and tenant farmers

Outcomes from the project include a website which contains resources to assist landowners in gaining the knowledge and confidence needed to sit down with their tenant farmers and discuss how they can work together to have a productive and profitable farm operation and ensure the long-term stewardship of the land. Visit the website for more information: www.SustainableFarmLease.org.

Ed Cox is a fellow at the Ag Law Center at Drake University in Des Moines. He is one of the principal researchers on the Sustainable Agricultural Land Tenure Initiative, a project supported by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. The initiative focuses on how land tenure policy and, in particular, farm lease contracts can help ensure sustainable and resilient farm operations in the face of increased demands on our natural resources and rapidly changing landowner demographics.

To connect to the webinars, go to: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/. Cox will be able to answer questions from webinar "attendees" via the Adobe Connect chat box. The ILF website homepage contains links for archived webinars from previous months: www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf.

Iowa Learning Farms is a partnership between the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at ISU, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service in Iowa, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the US Environmental Protection Agency; in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa and the Iowa Farm Bureau.