MU Extension offers tips for negotiating new farmland leases

MU Extension Ag business specialist Joe Koenen says, "Renters and property owners are negotiating new farmland leases in response to lower farm commodity prices."   “Agriculture is cyclical,” he says. “We’re in a downturn. Everybody is in the same boat.” Joe says income on current Missouri corn/bean rotation farms is down more than $150 per acre.  Do not pressure your landlord to accept an unrealistic lower rate. Renters do not want to put landlords in the position of putting the land out for bid. Renters should consider additional factors such as proximity to other ground they farm.  For more information about farm lease agreements, contact Joe Koenen at 660-947-2705 or .

New cash rental survey shows some downward trends

The latest USDA cash rental survey shows decreasing rental rates in some areas of Missouri, says University of Missouri Extension agricultural business specialist Joe Koenen.  “Some of the better crop counties in central and north Missouri showed a decrease in rental rates, reflecting lower crop prices,” Koenen says. Other counties remain unchanged, and pasture rates held stable or showed slight increases. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its annual survey Sept. 9. View data on Missouri counties at




4-H: Leaders for life

 4-H Faculty, Staff and Volunteers create multiple opportunities for youth. 4-H project work and related educational experiences help youth explore interests in citizenship, communications and leadership.  4-H Youth report 3 times more opportunities than their non-4-H peers to engage in meaningful community leadership roles. This interest in leadership and community service translates to a 70% greater likelihood of  4-H members to attend college compared to youth participating in other out-of school programs. 4-H is growing the leaders of tomorrow today.  For information on joining 4-H, contact your local MU Extension center. 

NEMO AG Connection Newsletter

The NEMO AG Connection newsletter is a monthly publication containing the latest information from MU Extension Ag specialists in Ag Business, Agronomy, Ag Engineering, Livestock and Horticulture.  Ag Connection is your local link to MU for ag extension and research information. 

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