Farmland Rental Workshops Provided

If you own or rent farm land in Wisconsin, how much do you understand about land rent contracts?  Although a written contract is not a legal requirement, it does allow for protections for both parties and allows the producer involved to more readily access crop insurance and governmental programs.  Many different things can go into a contract, but the most important center on timing, payment processes, restrictions, and opportunities for flexibility when unusual cropping conditions occur.

University of Wisconsin – Madison, Division of Extension is providing three opportunities for owners of farmland and agricultural producers to find out about land rent realities and options.  A pair of free in-person workshops will be held on December 14th and 15th, sponsored by the Extension offices of Marinette, Oconto, and Shawano Counties. Registration is not required and all interested persons are encouraged to attend.

The first session takes place on Tuesday, December 14th, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Shawano Cty. Courthouse (311 N. Main St.) in the basement meeting rooms. The second will be held on Wednesday, December 15th, starting at 6:30 p.m., and will be held at the Pound Town Hall.  The Pound Town Hall is located at W8484 Marinette Cty. Hwy. B, on the east edge of the Village of Coleman.

Crops/Soils Educators Scott Reuss and Kimberly Schmidt will lead the discussion of the details that you should consider when negotiating a farm rental contract, and why having a contract is important.  They will also detail some of the advantages and disadvantages of different types of annual or multi-year leasing contracts.  Current data regarding land rental rates in the multi-county area will be shared and discussed, as well.

The third opportunity is a Wisconsin-wide webinar opportunity being provided on Friday, December 17, starting at 11 a.m.  The information there will focus on techniques to build a robust land lease and how to communicate between parties.  Breakout discussions will also be available regarding Leasing Buildings/Facilities; Flexible lease options; Pasture/Grazing Leases; and Small Acreage or Long Term Investments on Leased Land.  This webinar is also free, but registration is required at

At the local events, Contract templates of multiple types will be available as handouts, ranging from extremely simple to more complex arrangements.  However, you do need to make sure they match legal needs and the true needs and desires of both parties.  The discussion will focus on basic cropland rental situations, but can expand to building leases, grazing land, and other situations which attendees are interested in discussing.

If you have questions about these topics, contact Reuss in the Marinette County office at 715-732-7510 or via e-mail at or Schmidt in the Shawano office at 715-526-6136 or e-mail to  If you cannot attend a program, another good source of farmland leasing information is found at

The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension provides affirmative action and equal opportunity in education, programming and employment.  If you need any accommodations to assist in your participation of this program, please contact Scott or Nancy at 715-732-7510 at least 24 hours prior to the event.  All requests will be kept confidential.

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