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As we draw closer to summer, I will start reminding you that it’s the time to consider terminating a farmland lease to comply with state law. In Maryland, farmland leases require six months’ notice to terminate without a written lease stating a different requirement. For many leases in Maryland, this means notice to terminate must be given by June 30. This six months’ notice requirement is just for agricultural leases and not for other types of leases. Residential leases, for example, often require shorter time periods to terminate than do agricultural leases. The Iowa Supreme Court has found that one old mare on six acres is not enough to create an agricultural lease which requires longer notice to terminate the lease.Read More