MAHASKA COUNTY ― Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is conducting farmland leasing meetings across 10 different sites in Southeast Iowa during August 2019.

Meeting sites include Oskaloosa, Keosauqua, Ottumwa/Bloomfield, Fairfield, Wapello, West Burlington, Donnellson, Mt. Pleasant, Humeston and Albia. Meetings are coordinated by county ISU Extension and Outreach offices.

The discussion will focus on various methods to determine a fair 2020 cash rental rate and the importance of good tenant/landlord communications. Also, a brief economic outlook will be presented along with a look at farmland prices.

A new Farm Bill is starting in 2019 and with it comes a few changes. According to the Cash Rental Rates for Iowa – 2019 Survey released in mid-May, the average 2019 cash rent statewide is $219 per tillable acre, a 1.4 percent decrease as compared to 2018. Average cash rents statewide stabilized in 2018 after a decline of nearly 19 percent from the 2013 peak.

The Oskaloosa meeting site will be August 5, 2109 beginning at 1:00 pm. with doors open at 12:30 p.m. This meeting will be at the Mahaska County Extension Office, 212 N I Street. The meeting will last approximately three hours and will be facilitated by Charles Brown, Farm Management Specialist, with ISU Extension and Outreach.

Pre-registration is required at least two days before the meeting and a $20 per individual or $30 per couple fee is payable at the door. Participants will receive a 100-page booklet and meeting handouts designed to assist landowners, tenants and other agri-business professionals with issues related to farmland ownership, management and leasing arrangements.

Contact the Mahaska County Extension office at (641) 673-5841 with questions or to pre-register on or before August 2, 2019.

For a list of meetings statewide, check the ISU Extension calendar for a meeting near you at