February 2, 2015

How Much Should You Pay to Lease Pasture?

The most difficult part of pasture leasing may be figuring out a rate that works for both parties. We can’t make it a breeze, but with this series of articles, we’ll give you some tools so you’ll have an idea where to start.

September 15, 2014

Your Guide to Figuring the Right Farm Rental Rate

Last week’s articles described how you can make more money leasing pasture, and shared a website that can help you find pasture to lease anywhere in the United States and Canada. Now, here’s how you can figure out what the right rental rate is.

September 8, 2014

You Can Lease Land for Winter Grazing and Make More Money

At the end of his SARE-funded project looking at the possibility and profitability of winter grazing in the Northeast, farmer Ridge Shinn concluded that a farmer could afford to pay $100 per acre to lease pasture/hay land to graze during the winter and still spend less than the $500 dollars per acre it would cost to feed hay. For […]

May 12, 2014

Access to Grazing: Leased Land Ideas and Issues

Here’s a look at young farmers trying to get started in grazing with little money but lots of willingness to work. Do you have suggestions that might ease some of their frustrations and get them growing?

July 22, 2013

Writing a Pasture Lease Contract

No matter how well you know your landowner, never begin a farm lease without a signature on paper! Even if everything seems to be going great now, so many unforeseen issues can arise over the multiple years you’ll be bound by the contract. My 8-section lease contract is outlined below. Depending on your unique situation, […]

July 8, 2013

Farm Feasibility Analysis, Part I

As part of her continuing series on how to choose the right land to lease, Meg takes us to the next step: Analyzing Carrying Capacity and Planning for rotational grazing.

June 24, 2013

Evaluating Potential Pasture Land, Part 3

In addition to the property features discussed in my last article, there are three more categories to evaluate before you decide to lease or buy pastureland. It is crucial that your landowner or realtor give you a complete tour of the land, or give you permission to look around yourself. Take into account any man-made […]

June 17, 2013

Evaluating a Potential Pasture Lease, Part 2

After you have examined the business conditions that surround a potential pasture lease, it’s time to evaluate the grazing characteristics. You must consider both the present condition and the improvement potential of a property you’re considering buying, leasing or managing. If you’re entering the grazing business for the first time, ask a veteran farming friend […]

June 3, 2013

Evaluating Potential Pastureland, Part I

If you’re thinking of leasing pasture or buying a farm, here are some important questions to answer to make sure you’ll be happy with the place you choose.

May 27, 2013

Selling and Signing: Connecting With Landowners to Secure a Pasture Lease

What should you say and do when meeting a landowner for the first time to talk about a potential lease? Here are some tips that are sure to help you prepare for that first hand shake.

May 20, 2013

Building Your Farm Business on Leased Pasture

Taking your farm in a different direction or starting a new enterprise is an intimidating task. Leasing pastureland is the most advantageous way to do so when you need grass but want to minimize risk and debt.

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