Agricultural service providers, farmers, and landowners interested in learning about agricultural conservation leasing are invited to a series of free workshops being held across the state in December and January.Read More
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USDA’s National Ag Statistic Service (NASS) recently released 2017 cash rent values. Cash rents in Maryland and Delaware declined in 2017 from 2016 highs. Maryland cash rent for 2017 is $103/acre, down $1 from 2016. Delaware cash rent for 2017 is $109/acre, down $1 from 2016. The average U.S. cash rent for 2017 is $136 and remained unchanged from 2016.Read More
The legal specialists at ALEI are dedicated to educating farmers and landowners about the importance of having a simple written farm lease. A good farm lease clearly delineates responsibilities and prevents conflict by anticipating the future needs of both parties.Read More
Happy Friday! Now available is a synopsis of weekly news and events.Read More
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Happy Friday everyone. Read on for our weekly update of news and upcoming events. Stay cool this weekend!Read More
In a typical tenant farming relationship, the tenant farmer and the landowner commonly have insurance coverage. But how can a landowner protect himself or herself from exposure to liability for the acts of the tenant?
For example, let’s imagine that a tenant farmer accidentally causes property damage to a neighboring farm during harvest, using a tractor provided by the landowner. In order to receive damages for the loss, the neighboring farmer files a claim with the tenant farmer’s insurance carrier. The tenant farmer’s insurance carrier pays the claim but then proceeds to seek damages from the landowner based on the faulty tractor provided to the tenant. This can be an unwelcomed surprise for a landowner who had no knowledge or control over the accident that caused the damage.Read More
Throughout the history of agriculture, producers have found ways to increase the volume of foodstuffs produced from one acre of land. In 1950, an acre of corn produced on average 38.2 bushels (USDA NASS). Now, according to the USDA, our farmers can produce more than 147 bushels of corn from one acre. While this increased production capacity might have meant that farmers didn’t need as much land, the production increase was paralleled (and partly prompted) by mechanization in agriculture, namely the million dollar combines. These extreme equipment costs and high food prices led those already in agricultural production to buy up land in efforts to continue to turn a profit.Read More