Beginning Farmer Webinar this Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 3:00-4:00 pm (Eastern)
“Gaining Access to Farmland: Economic Considerations of Farm Leasing”
Presenter: Dr. Gordon Groover, Extension Economist in Farm Management; Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics, Virginia Tech
Summary: When someone thinks of a farm lease, the first thought usually is, “how much will I pay or get paid?” This often occurs before the tenant or landlord have even meet or discussed any terms. However, the main thought process should quickly shift to, “how can we reach a fair and beneficial arrangement for both the land seeker and land owner? Focusing on price does ground the process on financial terms yet it “short-circuits” the process of systematically discussing the contributions each is providing to ensure a viable arrangement. For example, what kind of farmland and improvement incentives can be offered by the land owner? What kind of experience, skills, management, machinery, and/or livestock can be offered by the land seeker? These types of questions are a sample of what needs to be analyzed to achieve a fair lease arrangement. This webinar will focus on basic economic considerations of leasing, establishing a negotiation range, and valuation of assets and other inputs supplied by the leaseholder and/or landlord— together designed to help farmers address those important farm leasing questions.
To participate in this webinar, please go to: http://connect.ag.vt.edu/econleasing/