Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program | webinar | Gaining Access to Farmland: Economic Considerations of Farm Leasing | WED FEB 19, 3-4 PM (EST)


Join us for a Beginning

Farmer Webinar!

Wednesday,  February 19, 2014

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Eastern)

Webinar Presentation



“Gaining Access to Farmland:  Economic Considerations of Farm Leasing”




Dr. Gordon Groover, Extension Economist Farm Management

Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics, Virginia Tech


To participate in this webinar,  please go to:



Summary:    When someone thinks of a farm lease, the first thought usually is, “how much will I pay or get paid?” This often occurs before the tenant or landlord have even meet or discussed any terms. However, the main thought process should quickly shift to, “how can we reach a fair and beneficial arrangement for farmland and improvements?” Focusing on price does ground the process on financial terms yet it “short-circuits" the process of systematically discussing the contributions each is providing to ensure a viable arrangement. For example, what kind of land and improvements can be offered by the land owner?  What kind of experience, skills, management, machinery, and/or livestock can be offered by the land seeker?  These types of questions are a sample of what needs to be analyzed to achieve a fair lease arrangement. This webinar will focus on basic economic considerations of leasing, establishing a negotiation range, and valuation of assets and other inputs supplied by the leaseholder and/or landlord--- together designed to help farmers address those important farm leasing questions. 



Visit the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program  for recordings of past webinars and to see what other exciting initiatives are being developed.  For more information about the webinar or questions, contact Kim Niewolny (


System Requirements:

PC-based attendees

Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server


Mac®-based attendees

Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer



No registration is required. A few minutes before 3PM, go to the website address above and login by typing in your name under the “guest account”. You will then be taken to the webinar. Once logged in, run the audio wizard setup (Select MEETING/RUN AUDIO SETUP WIZARD) to ensure your computer speakers are hooked up and on. To hear the audio and presenters, speakers must be turned on. For additional technical assistance, contact Carl Estes with Virginia Tech at (540) 231-1385. During the webinar, questions can be typed into the chat box on the left hand side of the screen.  A recording of this webinar will be available at the Virginia Beginning Farmer Program website afterwards.



The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program is a state-wide and coalition-based Extension program housed in Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural and Extension Education.  Funding was sponsored by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) of the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Award # 2010-49400. Program activity is currently funded, in part, with an integrated, competitive grant from VAES, VCE, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech.









































































Kim L. Niewolny, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist

Director, Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program

Virginia Tech

Department of Agricultural and Extension Education (0343)

282 Litton-Reaves Hall

Blacksburg, VA 24061


tel: 540.231.5784

cell:  540.577.6559

fax: 540.231.3824



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