Pasture Rental Rates by County in the United States

"Pasture lease rates" is one of the searches we see most often at On Pasture. We've published a lot of articles on how to determine rental rates and how to write up a lease agreement, etc. (just click to see them) but I'm guessing that many of you would still like to see a number to give you a starting point. Thanks to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, I've got that for you. This information comes from a county level "Cash Rents Survey" conducted every other year in all states, except Alaska. The figures are per year (not per month). It only covers cash rents. Land rented for a share of the crop, on a fee per head, per pound of gain, by animal unit month (AUM), rented free of charge, or land that includes buildings such as barns are excluded from the survey. That means you'll still have to do some of your own figuring on how much to charge or pay. But at least you have some kind of starting point with this. This is a PDF file. When you download it, type the county you're interested in and Adobe Acrobat will help you jump to it right away. I highlighted the pastureland column in yellow to help you find it more easily as you move through the document. I included the irrigated and non-irrigated cropland in case some of you are interested in that as well. I hope this helps! Update Do these prices seem low to you? They did to On Pasture author Doug M

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One thought on “Pasture Rental Rates by County in the United States

  1. Kathy,
    Something I noticed is that there are quite a few areas in which there is no pasture-rental rate. I checked out the ones I know of and I think it is because there is NO pasture there for rent. Probably almost no pasture AT ALL. Crops only.

    I also wonder–it’s probably beyond the scope of the survey you provided us with–how much is native pasture, improved pasture, or just worn-out, beat-to-a-pulp land.

    Thanks for the information you’ve provided. Very useful and interesting.

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