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Agricultural Leasing in Maryland (FS-971)

As we approach the end of the year, many farmers and their landlords will be making decisions on renewing land leases.  Should the rent be increased?  Should additional terms be included? As you begin these discussions, farmers and landlords should consider reviewing Agricultural Leasing in Maryland.  The booklet is full of helpful tips and things both parties should consider when leasing land.  The booklet also contains form leases that can be used for both parties to begin to develop their own leases. 

Think your current rental rate is too low or too high?  Need help in coming up with a fair rental rate?  Then check out (, a product of the North Central Farm Management Extension Committee.  This site provides worksheets and other helpful documents to help landlords and farmers develop rental rates that work for them.

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