More than 50 percent of Kansas farm and pasture land is rented. More than 90 percent of Kansas farming operations utilize some rented land.
Most of these leases are oral. The basic agricultural oral lease rule: For all written and oral leases, with the exception of written leases, which state a termination date, notice to terminate a farm tenancy must be given in writing at least 30 days prior to March 1 setting March 1 as the termination date. This applies to both crop and pasture leases.
Stop by our office and request the publication Kansas Agricultural Lease Law. It provides a very in-depth look at the Kansas Lease Laws, and provides tips for developing a good lease arrangement.
I encourage all of you to consider shifting your verbal lease agreements over to a written lease agreement. A written lease agreement is a good tool to communicate the individual agreement made between landowner and tenant. This becomes more important as landowners are increasingly removed from personal experience with production agriculture.
More information on understanding Kansas lease laws, information on entering into a natural resource lease (gas, oil, wind) and also a historical look at land values, will be provided at the Extension lease meeting scheduled Wednesday at the Extension Office beginning with registration at 9:30 a.m. R.S.V.P. for this meeting by calling the McPherson County Extension office at 620-241-1523.
Jonie James is a McPherson County Exten