Category Archives: Leases

2017 State Cash Lease Results Published

The USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service recently published the results for their nationwide cash lease survey.  The results are broken down by state and are drawn from producer/landowner survey responses collected earlier this year.  Importantly, while these statistics can offer a ballpark idea, keep in mind that lease rates are dependent on a number of facts like fence quality, pasture quality, livestock markets, etc.  Visiting with folks on the ground like other landowners, producers, and your County Extension Agent is always a great place to get accurate information… Read More →

FREE Ag Leasing Workshops Scheduled Around Texas

Kay Ledbetter with TAMU Agrilife Communications recently wrote an article highlighting our upcoming Ranchers Leasing Workshop series.  We are excited about the chance to expand the reach of these workshops and really hope to see you there!  Feel free to contact me with any questions at all or to RSVP. Agricultural leases to be covered by AgriLife Extension in four workshops “After such a positive response last year, four new Rancher Leasing Workshops covering grazing, hunting and livestock leases are scheduled across the state by the Texas A&M… Read More →

May 26, 2017 Weekly Round Up

Hello from lovely Lubbock, Texas!  I’m here for the always fantastic Texas State Bar Agricultural Law CLE for attorneys.  A huge thanks to course directors, Trace Blair and David Waggoner, for all of their hard work to make this such a great conference.  As always, I’ve enjoyed great presentations, visited with old friends, and even drummed up some new topics for the blog and guests for upcoming podcasts.  Stay tuned for that! Here are some ag law stories in the news this week. *  Federal court finds FAA… Read More →

Amarillo Court of Appeals Considers Farm Lease Case

The Amarillo Court of Appeals’ decision issued in Arriola v. Kutscherousky, a case involving a farm lease, offers an interesting discussion of legal issues surrounding co-ownership of land and the alleged breach of a farm lease. Background When their father died, three siblings, Robynn, Jack, and Raven, inherited the family farm.  Each was given an undivided one-third interest in the farmland.  Robynn decided to live on the property, a decision supported by her siblings/co-owners.  Her husband, Joey, met with a prospective tenant of the land in May 2011.  The… Read More →

2016 Cash County Rent Report Available

The USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service recently published its County Cash Rent data for 2016. As we mentioned in this prior blog post, NASS publishes a yearly report showing cash rent values by state.  In even-numbered years, NASS breaks down the statistics further, providing cash rental information by region and then by county for each state in the US.  To view the database with all 2016 regional and county data, click here.  You will then need to scroll down to Texas to locate your specific county. Regionally in Texas,… Read More →

August 26, 2016 Weekly Round Up

Sorry for the lack of Round Up Posts recently–it seems I’ve been on the road and just hadn’t gotten a chance to get one put together.  I’ve had a bit of time in my office this week, so here are some of the ag law stories in the news this week. * Grimes County passes regulation to prevent high speed rail.  The County Commissioners Court in Grimes County recently passed a regulation prohibiting high speed rails from crossing county roads without proof of eminent domain authority being given to… Read More →

2016 NASS Cash Rent Statistics Released

The 2016 NASS results of their Cash Rent surveys have been released. The results are obtained by a survey of farmers conducted by the United States Department of Agricultural National Agricultural Statistics Service. Every year, NASS collects cash rent data by state for irrigated cropland, non-irrigated cropland, and pastureland.  In even numbered years, they break this data down by county.  The county-level reports should be out in September.  For now, we have the national and state-by-state results. Nationwide, cash rental rates have dropped in the last year.  Here… Read More →

Texas Rural Land Value Trends

Every year, the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers publishes the Texas Rural Land Value Trends Report.  This publication, which comes out each April, looks at land prices across Texas, broken down into 7 regions and then into several sub-regions.  It reports average rates for land sales as well as land rentals.  The publication also looks at how these rates have changed since the prior year, factors driving land prices, such as commodity prices and water availability, and reports on the most commonly planted… Read More →

Iowa Lease Case Offers Important Lessons

A recent decision by the Iowa Court of Appeals offers some important lessons when thinking about farm estate planning and farm leases.  The court’s opinion in Hope K. Farms, LLC v. Gumm, No. 14-1371 (Iowa Ct. App. June 29, 2016), may be found here. Background This case involves Iowa farmland that was owned by Mr. Gumm’s mother.  During her life, Mr. Gumm had a lease agreement with her that allowed him to farm the land.  Upon her death, ownership of the land passed to the Gumm Family Trust.  The… Read More →

Ranchers’ Agricultural Leasing Handbook Available

Recently, my colleagues Shannon Ferrell (Oklahoma State), Rusty Rumley (National Agriculture Law Center), and I held a series of workshops around Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas discussing agricultural leases.  These programs were well attended (nearly 250 people total) and participants reported being very satisfied with the information they received.  The funding for these workshops and the handbook was provided through a grant from the Southern Extension Risk Management Education Center and the USDA.  We certainly appreciate their support of these programs. We’d also like to offer a huge thank… Read More →