Category Archives: Industry Update

5 Reasons for Modernizing the Farm Leasing Industry

By Mike Downey, Land, Lease & Farm Succession Consultant It is estimated 70% of family farms will change hands over the next 15 years.  Many of these will transition to a generation that didn’t grow up on the farm or operate it themselves.  This will place a greater emphasis on landlord-tenant relationships in the future, […]

Retired Farmer Writes An Open Letter to American Agriculture

By Glen Moeller, Retired Farmer & Iowa Landowner Recently, I came across a letter I wrote in April 1997 to the chairman of the Iowa Corn Growers recommending that we as an Association should support the expansion of the hog industry in Iowa.  The consolidation that has occurred since 1997 has given the livestock industry […]

Perfect storm looms in agriculture again

Original Article Link: In 1992, I had the good fortune to meet my business mentor at my very first college interview. He told me that 10 years in the future, I would be the same person that I was that day with the exception of the books I would read and the people I would […]

A note from Mom | “Inheritance is a gift, not a right”

By Mike Downey, Certified Farm Succession Consultant I was recently handed a note written by Mom she wishes to have her children read one day. She opened her letter with these three statements: Inheritance is a gift, not a right It is our wish to treat all of our children fairly, but not necessarily equally […]

Iowa Farmer Today – Flex leases have benefits in volatile markets

We would like to thank the Iowa Farmer Today for asking us to contribute to this story about flexible cash rent lease arrangements. Our leasing program that is mentioned in this article is quite simple. It is a flat fee of $10 per acre that can be paid by the landowner, the producer, or this […]

Farmland Owners & Producers | The Next Generation and Why We Need Them

Production agriculture will face multiple challenges in the decades to come as several reports suggest our world population will increase by over a third to a total of 9.8 billion by 2050.  This means the demand to produce food to feed this growing population will continue to grow. One of the issues that has been […]