A Landowner’s Guide to Leasing Land for Farming

Land for Good - USDA

Type: PDF
Knowledge level: Introductory

Farm Table says:

US-based, but some great insights from landowner perspective. Looks at advantages and disadvantages of different leases and lease structures.

This guide includes the following:

Chapter I. Introduction 

Chapter II. Landowners: Welcoming Farmers on Your Land

  • Landowner Goals
  • Farmer-Landowner Relations
  • From the Farmer’s Perspective
  • Role of the Landowner
  • Neighborhood and Community

Chapter III. Understanding Your Land 

  • Natural Features
  • Production Potential
  • Infrastructure

Chapter IV. Types of Farming Endeavors 
Chapter V. Finding Your Farmer
Chapter VI. Successful Landowner-tenant Relations 
Chapter VII. Lease Agreements

  • Get it in Writing
  • Issues to Discuss in Negotiating a Good Lease
  • Elements of a Good Lease
  • Types of Leases
  • Financial Considerations: Determining the Rent
  • Financial Considerations: Types of Lease Payments
  • Housing

Chapter VIII. Tax and Legal Considerations 

  • Taxation of Rental Income
  • Property Tax Benefits: Use-Value Taxation Programs
  • Insurance and Liability for the Private Non-Farming Landowner
  • Agricultural Easements or Agricultural Restrictions
  • State Regulations
  • Consulting an Attorney

Chapter IX. Stewardship Guidelines
Chapter X. Landowner Checklist
Appendix: Sample Leases


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