Monday Extension Report – March 13, 2017

March 13, 2017

Canning Class this Saturday, March 18

I want to give you a quick reminder that there will be a home food preservation class focusing on canning this Saturday, March 18 at the Episcopal Church parish hall Valentine. The class starts at 1 PM, CT and cost $15. You must pre-register by Wednesday, March 15.

Communication & Expressive Arts Contest entry deadline Wednesday, March 15

Wednesday, March 15 is also the entry deadline for the Communication & Expressive Arts Contest that will be held Friday, March 24th at 6:00 PM CT, in the auditorium of the Valentine High School.

Commercial/Non-Commercial pesticide applicator classes March 21 and March 22

Also, Commercial/Non-commercial pesticide applicators don’t forget the certification and re-certification classes next week. The initial certification training for new Commercial and non-commercial pesticide applicators is Tuesday, March 21. The recertification training for those Commercial/Non-commercial pesticide applicators whose license expires this year is Wednesday, March 22. You must register for those classes online at

Communication is vital to successful grazing lease arrangements

The Nebraska Sandhills have the most expensive per pair per month pasture prices in the nation. It is important that those lease agreements be fair. Agreements that treat both parties fairly have more staying power. They are more likely to be renewed, more likely to be followed, and are more enforceable.

Good lease agreements are built on shared goals and clear and open communication. There are a lot of decisions to make when you are setting up a lease. You need to decide who does what. Who fixes the fence, who checks the water, who doctors the cattle, who rotates pasture. You also need to decide who pays what expenses, and decide on subleasing, landowner access, and hunting rights. I still haven’t talked about the big three; price, stocking rate and what are you going to do in case of drought or some other reason things don’t go according to the original plan.

This is just the start, there are a lot of things to think about when drawing up a lease agreement. Ag lease 101 has a publication called “Pasture Rental Arrangements for Your Farm” that is a great resource. You find it online at The publication covers in-depth many of the steps in arriving at an equitable lease arrangement. It contains a template lease form that you can use as you develop your own agreement. If you aren’t able to access it online, you can get one at our office.

As you can see, communication is vital to developing a good lease agreement, but it shouldn’t stop once the lease is written. It is important to communicate early and often throughout the course of the lease. When communication falters, both the rangeland and landowner/tenant relationship suffer.

As always, you can call the extension office at 402-376-1850 for more information.