More than half of Iowa farmland is rented. In some Iowa locations, as much as 70 percent of the land is farmed by farmers who don't own the land.
Iowa farmland values increased by as much as 35 percent during 2011. Farmland cash rental rates in Iowa increased for the 2012 crop year by nearly 20 percent over 2011, and up to 55 percent over the past five years.
These are just a few reasons why Iowa State University Extension has scheduled workshops designed to answer questions that land owners and tenants have about farmland leasing and land values.
Workshops will be held in seven locations within the Messenger's coverage area on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. These include:
Clarion in Wright County 532-3453 at 9 a.m. in the Wright County Extension office.
Fort Dodge in Webster County 576-2119 at 1:30 p.m. at the Webster County Extension office.
Algona in Kossuth County 295-2469 at 1:30 p.m. in the Algona Public Library, room A.
Emmetsburg in Palo Alto County (712) 852-2865 at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension office.
Storm Lake for Buena Vista and Pocahontas counties (712) 732-5056 at 9 a.m. in the Extension office.
Sac City in Sac County (712) 662-7131 at 1:30 p.m. in the Extension office.
Carroll in Carroll County (712) 792-2364 at 6:30 pm in the Extension office.
A registration fee of $20 per person is charged to cover costs and includes a 90-page workbook. Attendees may pre-register by calling the host county prior to the meeting. Walk-ins may attend for a $25 fee at the door.
More information about these and other farmland leasing meetings in Iowa can be found at ISU Extension's Ag Decision Maker website www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm
Melissa O'Rourke, an ISU Extension farm and agribusiness management specialist, will present information about a wide range of topics related to farmland values and leasing.
O'Rourke is a licensed attorney with extensive experience in working with farm, ranch and agribusiness interests.
On Tuesday, workshop presentations will include Kelvin Leibold, an ISU farm and ag business management specialist. Other workshops will be conducted by Shane Ellis, who is also an ISU farm and agribusiness management specialist, based in Carroll.