UW-Extension to offer workshop on farmland renting options

OCONTO FALLS/COLEMAN, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Extension of Marinette and Oconto counties will offer a pair of free workshops set for Dec. 14 and 18 that will focus on the different aspects that need to be considered when renting agricultural land.

UW-Extension Crops/Soils Agent Scott Reuss will lead a discussion on details to consider when negotiating a farm rental contract, and why having a contract is important. Such details include price, but other factors such as length of lease, limitations that can be placed on the property and other aspects all can be negotiated into the contract. Reuss will detail some of the advantages and disadvantages of different types of annual or multi-year leasing contracts.

Contract templates of multiple types will be available as handouts, ranging from extremely simple to more complex arrangements. Discussion will focus on basic cropland rental situations but can expand to building leases, grazing land and other situations.

The first session will be 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Oconto Falls Library, 251 N. Main St. in Oconto Falls. The second will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Pound Town Hall on Hwy. B on the east edge of Coleman in Marinette County.

Pre-registration is not required. For more information, contact Reuss at 715-732-7510 or via e-mail at scott.reuss@ces.uwex.edu or Sarah Mills-Lloyd in the Oconto office at 920-834-6845. Those who cannot attend can find farmland leasing information at http://www.aglease101.org/.