Published Feb 22, 2021

Rethinking Farmland Leasing – 2021 Virtual Annual Conference

By Practical Farmers of Iowa


The majority of farmland in Iowa is farmed under lease. These farmland leases can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars each year and are critical to building successful relationships between landowners and farmers. Learn more about the pros and cons of different farmland lease payment structures (cash, crop share, flex), common conservation provisions and how to build an equitable lease that benefits both parties.

  • Mike Downey is an accredited farm manager, accredited land consultant and certified farm succession coordinator with Next Gen Ag Advocates. Mike grew up on a farm in west-central Illinois, and uses his expertise and experience to help farmers and landowners navigate farm succession and management issues.