With the land prices in Nebraska and across the Midwest skyrocketing and volatility in the commodity markets, there are a number of questions concerning farmland leases. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has held a number of leasing workshops in the region the past couple of years addressing these issues.
If you were unable to attend these workshops, you are in luck. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension is sponsoring a workshop in Richardson County on March 7th. The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7th at 6:00 p.m. at the Falls City Library and Arts Center at 1400 Stone Street. Cost of the program is $15 per person or $25 per couple if preregistered by March 2nd or $20 per person and $30 per couple at the door. To register contact the Johnson County Extension Office at (402) 335-3669 or the Richardson County Extension Office at (402) 245-4324.
There will be a variety of topics discussed at the workshop, including land values, cash rental rates, writing a lease and human relations. It is important for the land owner and the tenant to have a good relationship and an agreement that is fair to both parties. This workshop will provide the tools for developing a good farmland lease between the farmer and the landlord.
If you are an irrigator and are interested in applying fertilizer or pesticides through your center pivot irrigation system, you will need to complete chemigation training to get your license. If you need to receive this training, contact Randy Pryor at 402-821-2151 in the Saline County Extension office. The training will be held this Friday at the Gage County Extension office in Beatrice at 1115 West Scott Street on Friday, March 2nd at 9:00 a.m.
The final Private Pesticide Applicator Training Meeting in the area will be held in Humboldt on the Richardson County Fairgrounds in the Ag Building at 6:00 p.m. on March 8th. Finally if you are interested in getting a Custom Applicator License for applying pesticides, there is an initial training scheduled for Beatrice on March 20th. For information about the certification process, contact the UNL Pesticide office at (402) 472-1632 or (800) 627-7216. You can also go to their website at: HYPERLINK "http://www.pested.unl.edu" http://www.pested.unl.edu to learn more about this program. If you have any questions about any of these programs, you can also contact me at the Nemaha County Extension Office at (402) 274-4755.