Landlord-Tenant Workshops on Managing Land for the 21st Century

Landlord-Tenant Workshops on Managing Land for the 21st Century

Learn about current trends in cash rental rates, lease provisions, and crop and grazing land considerations at a series of workshops on "Managing Agricultural Land for the 21st Century." The Nebraska Extension events will offer information valuable to landlords and tenants at nine sites across the state in November and December.

Speakers will include Nebraska Extension Educators Allan Vyhnalek, Aaron Nygren, Erin Laborie, Ben Beckman, and Jim Jansen, who conduct research and education programs in land management, agronomy, and beef production. They will address common agricultural landlord and tenant questions such as:

  • What does an equitable rental rate look like for my land?
  • How do I manage a farmland lease?
  • What should I expect for communications between the landlord and tenant?
  • What does a soil test tell me?
  • I hear about organic and natural production. How does that vary from what my farmer is currently doing?
  • If corn or soybeans are not making money, should something else be raised on my land?
  • What are key pasture leasing considerations, including stocking rates?
  • Who is responsible for cedar tree removal from grazing land?

Listen in to these two audio clips from Nebraska Extension Almanac as Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator for Farm Transition, discusses "Farm Transition: Fair vs. Equal - Parts 1 and 2."
Also see the related resource: Fairness in the Farm/Ranch Estate Planning Context by J. David Aiken, professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, and Vyhnalek.

“Landlords and tenants often struggle with land management questions,” said Vyhnalek. “Both are concerned with fair treatment, but it can be difficult to keep up with the current trends. Our workshop will provide participants with up-to-date information so they can be confident about their lease arrangements.”

To ensure enough handouts are available at each site, please register at or call the phone number listed for each location. Lunch arrangements will be handled by each host location.

For more information, please contact Allan Vyhnalek at 402-472-1771 or, or Jim Jansen at 402-261-7572 or

Registration at each location will start at 9:15 a.m., with the program starting at 9:30 a.m. and ending by 3 p.m.

Workshop Locations and Dates

  • South Sioux City: Nov. 19 at the Northeast Community College Extended Campus, 1001 College Way, 402-254-6821; a sponsored lunch is included.
  • Columbus: Nov. 20 at the Platte County Extension Office, 2715 13th St., 402-563-4901; attendees will be dismissed to have lunch off-site.
  • Broken Bow: Nov. 26 at the 4-H Building at the Custer County Fairgrounds, 44100 Memorial Drive 308-872-6831; attendees will be dismissed to have lunch off-site.
  • Norfolk: Dec. 3 at the Divots Convention Center, 4200 W Norfolk Ave. 402-370-4040, a sponsored lunch is included.
  • Alma: Dec. 12 at the Harlan County Extension Office, 519 S Main St., 308-928-2119, a sponsored lunch is included.
  • Ogallala: Dec. 13 at Mid-Plains Community College, 512 E B St. S, 308-284-6051; a sponsored lunch is included. 
  • Lexington: Dec. 14 at the Dawson County Extension Office, 1002 Plum Creek Pkwy, 308-324-5501; a sponsored lunch is included.
  • Beatrice: Dec. 19 at the Gage County Extension Office, 1115 W Scot St., 402-233-1384,; a sponsored lunch is included
  • Hastings: Dec. 20 at the Adams County Fairgrounds, 947 S Baltimore Ave, 402-461-7209; a sponsored lunch is included.

This program is free and open to the public with funding provided by the North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture under award number 2015-49200-24226. 

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