How to Write a Letter/Resume When You Want to Lease Land

September's Grazier's Focus will be about working with neighboring crop farmers to graze cover crops and crop residue. As a warm up, here's something you might need - a letter of introduction or a resume that helps them get to know you. There is no magic recipe that will make a prospective landlord say, "Yes! I'll lease my land to you!" But knowing what a landlord is looking for and how to show him/her that you've got what they want can improve your chances. These tips come to us from Iowa's Beginning Farmer Center, and though they are geared to a beginning farmer, even a seasoned pro can use them. Step 1:  Understand What a Landlord Wants The table below show what landlords told researchers they look for most: a "good farmer." They defined a good farmer as someone using good practices, who controls weeds, completes tasks in a timely way, has good equipment, and a good reputation. A good farmer takes care of the land with practices that conserve soil and water. In fact, conservation practices are so important, that they also show up separately as a reason for choosing a renter. Not surprisingly, "Honesty" is also very high on the list. Landlords said they wanted someone they could trust, who communicated well, respected their wishes, and who was easy to work with. Of course, since this is a business transaction, financial stability is important to landlords. They want to know that the rent will be paid. Step 2:  Show Landlords You've Got What They Want This is j

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