This page contains resources from organizations across the country that can be used to learn more about lease arrangements, different types of leases, and particular types of lease provisions. Each resource is briefly described below.
Debra Heleba, Land Link Vermont; David Major, Major Farm; and Bill Snow, University of Vermont Extension, Keeping Farmland Working in Vermont: A Lease Agreements Guide for Landowners and Farmers
California Farm Link, Agricultural Lease Resources
California Farm Link, Elements of a Good Lease
Ed Cox, Drake University Agricultural Law Center, The Landowner’s Guide to Sustainable Farm Leasing
Land For Good, Toolbox for Leasing Farmland
Equity Trust, Model Documents
Farmers’ Legal Action Group (FLAG), Leasing Farmland in Minnesota
Mark Cannella and Ben Waterman, University of Vermont Extension’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture, How to Determine the Right Farm Rental Rate
Cornell University’s Northeast Beginning Farmers Project, Guide to Farming in New York State
New Jersey State Agricultural Development Committee and NOFA-NJ, Leasing Farmland in New Jersey: A Guide for Landowners and Farmers
Penn State Extension, Farmland Assessment Checklist
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It’s not an attorney’s job to make decisions for farmers or to set farm transfer goals. Instead, attorneys can provide information about pros and cons of different options, advice about what is common versus unusual, fair versus unfair, etc. Attorneys can help farmers understand the range of possible farm transfer goals and help narrow down individual options so that farmers can make final decisions.
The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems is an initiative of Vermont Law School, and this toolkit provides general legal information for educational purposes only. It is not meant to substitute, and should not be relied upon, for legal advice. Each farmer’s circumstances are unique, state laws vary, and the information contained herein is specific to the time of publication. Accordingly, for legal advice, please consult an attorney licensed in your state.