MU Extension offers farm lease webinar series

December 09, 2022

University of Missouri Extension will host a 10-week online seminar series in early 2023 to help Missourians better understand and manage agricultural leases.

"According to USDA data, more than one-fourth of Missouri farmland is leased," said MU Extension agricultural economist Ray Massey. "Many landowners seek additional information to make their leases more closely align with their objectives. Our webinar series will range from the basics of leasing to more complex negotiations in an approachable and conversational format."

Topics include crop share, energy and hunting leases. Massey said property owners and tenants alike can find helpful insights from the program, which will feature different extension specialists each week.

The classes, held via Zoom, are 7-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 10 through March 14, 2023. Each class will conclude with a question-and-answer session. Sessions will also be available on demand. For details and registration, go to

Dates and topics
Jan. 10: Leasing - transfer of property rights.
Jan. 17: Types and components of leases.
Jan. 24: Cash lease - basics.
Jan. 31: Cash lease - calculating the rent.
Feb. 7: Crop share leases.
Feb. 14: Flexible leases.
Feb. 21: Land leasing to energy companies.
Feb. 28: Livestock leases.
Mar. 7: Hunting leases.
Mar. 14: Leasing business impacts.