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MOUNT VERNON — When preparing a farm lease, no one formula is correct.
A lease where the farmer and landowner are able to lay down specifics, in writing, as to what is expected of both parties tends to be the most harmonious agreement, Chris Zoller, with the Tuscarawas OSU Extension office, said.
“I get a lot of questions in the spring and fall from farmers and landowners, mostly landowners,” Zoller said. “Every farm is unique. We can’t just say, do this, this and this, and you’ve got the perfect lease.”
Speaking Tuesday at the August Knox County Farm Services Farmers’ Breakfast, Zoller said that most farmers who lease their fields try to cover property taxes at the least, but others just want a lease that keeps the land in use.
The value of a good tenant may be just as important as price, Zoller said. A tenant who keeps the soil nourished and maintains the borders around the fields is worth keeping, even if another offer for higher rents on the land comes along.