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Farm Leases

Addressing Conservation In a Farm Lease

June 10th, 2015 by

Whether you’re a farmer or a landowner, addressing conservation and sustainability in a farm lease can be a tricky subject. Tenants and landlords sometimes choose to ignore issues that they believe may create conflicts in the landlord-tenant relationship. This is particularly true with farm leases, which are often between neighbors, family members, and long-time friends. However, both parties do have an interest in ensuring the…

Farm Lease Termination in Missouri

April 12th, 2015 by

Like many states, Missouri law provides different rules in terminating a lease of agricultural land.  Farming operations require planning several months or more in advance. Recognizing this fact, state laws often require greater notice before a landlord cannot terminate the farm tenancy. The notice requirements in Missouri will, however, depend on the specific characteristics of the lease arrangement. Year to Year or At Will Tenancies…

Landlords’ Right to Enter and Ownership of Crop Residue In Iowa Reviewed

April 11th, 2015 by

Farm leases are a special creature with several unique requirements that don’t apply to other leases. This is particularly true in Iowa.  A farm lease is a contract, but it is also a conveyance of a real property interest that transfer rights of possession and use. The extent of these rights, however, depends on the terms of the lease contract and on state law. In…

The Value of a Written Hunting Lease

March 13th, 2015 by

Southern Iowa and Northern Missouri contain some of the most prized whitetail deer hunting ground in the country. Whether you’re letting a neighbor, farm tenant, or a non-resident use your land for hunting, a written lease is crucial for protecting your rights on the property, ensuring quality deer management, and protecting yourself from liability and lawsuits. This article discusses some of the basic provisions of…

Farm Lease Rules Apply Regardless of Size

July 12th, 2013 by

As most landowners and farmers are aware, Iowa’s farm lease termination statute, Iowa Code Section 562.5, requires written notice of termination of a farm lease by September 1. For most of the statute’s history it has only applied to leases involving more than 40 acres. In 2013 the Iowa legislature amended the law, making it applicable to nearly all farm leases, regardless of size. This…

Farm Tenants Own Crop Residue

July 12th, 2012 by

The 2012 Iowa Legislature added a new provision to Iowa’s farm tenancy law. The Iowa Code gives tenants the right to remove any part of the above ground portion of a crop, unless otherwise agreed to in writing. [jbox title=”Iowa Code Section 562.5A” radius=”6″ color=”gray”]”Unless otherwise agreed to in writing by a lessor and farm tenant, a farm tenant may take any part of the…