Northwest Iowa — With more than half of Iowa’s farmland leased, it is obvious that strong landlord/tenant relationships are important for the long-term allocation of Iowa’s valuable resources. That’s from Gary Wright, a farm management specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
He says there are meetings being held all across the state to address questions that landowners, tenants and other interested stakeholders may have about leasing farmland.
He says the meetings in our area are coming up on August 8th and 9th. The Sioux County meeting is at the old Orange City Hospital — now called the “Downtown Campus” at 9:30 AM on Monday, August 8th. You can call the Sioux County Extension and Outreach Office to pre-regi ster at 712-737-4230. The Lyon County meeting is at 1:30 p.m. that same day at the Rock Rapids Public Library. P re-register with Lyon County Extension at 712-472-2576. The O’Brien and Osceola County meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 9 at 9:00 a.m. at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon. You can pre-register by calling the O’Brien County Extension office at 712-957-5045 or the Osceola County Extension office at 712-754-3648.
Wright says recent surveys have told them what’s happening as far as farmland leasing and farmland value.
He says the surveys have shown that there is somewhat of a trickle-down effect going on, and people will learn more about that at the meetings.
There is a $20 registration fee for those who pre-register. But it’s $25 for those who attend without pre-registering. Again, for more information, call your extension office.