Deadline to register for the Monroe County workshop is Sept. 18

Issues such as when should my tenant pay me part of the rent, how and when can my current lease be terminated, who pays for fertilizer or lime and how much rent should I receive for my farm are some of the questions that will be discussed at the Missouri Farm Leases Program to be held on Thursday, Sept. 21. The program will run from 6 to 9 p.m. and be held at the following sites: Monroe County Extension Office (208 North Main Street in Paris).

There is a $30 per person charge or $45 per couple or two from the same operation which includes one set of materials and a light meal. Pre-registration is required by Sept. 18.

“Farm leases are a very hot topic right now with cash rents at their current level and crop prices dropping so landlords and tenants need to make certain they’re getting what they believe they should be,” said Joe Koenen, Agricultural Business Specialist with University of Missouri Extension and one of the workshop presenters. “There are many issues both farm landlords and tenants need to be aware of and this program is designed to address these issues.”

Topics that will be discussed that night are: current cash rents in Missouri and trends, which items to discuss and agree on in a lease, terminating a farm lease — when and how to do it legally, recreational (hunting) leases - what you should be aware of and livestock and crop share arrangements - keeping them fair for both sides,.

This program is being presented by University of University of Missouri Extension. Koenen and the other instructors have worked on farm leases with landlords and tenants for many years. The program will be presented by Skype so the audience can see and interact with all the instructors as well as other sites.

Contact the Monroe County Extension Center at 660-327-4158 or for more information or if you would like to register to attend.