Agricultural leasing workshop set Oct. 19 in San Angelo

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, 806-677-5668, tiffany.dowelllashmet@ag.tamu.edu

SAN ANGELO – The final program in the 2017 series of Rancher Leasing Workshops covering grazing, hunting and livestock leases is scheduled Oct. 19 in San Angelo by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

The workshop addresses the legal risks associated with agricultural leases, said Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist in Amarillo. The goal is to educate landowners and producers on the importance of utilizing written leases as a risk management tool.

The workshop will be from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Tom Green 4-H Center, 3168 N. U.S. Highway 67. The free program is funded by the Southern Extension Risk Management Education Center.

Lunch will be provided by Ag Workers Insurance. Participants will need to RSVP at least one week before the meeting to Kim Garcia at 806-677-5626 or kim.garcia@ag.tamu.edu.

Joining Lashmet on the program will be Bill Thompson, AgriLife Extension economist in San Angelo.

“We will discuss the potential legal implications of failing to have a sufficient written lease and the potential legal issues and litigation that the development of written leases can help avoid,” she said. “The workshops will also familiarize participants with key terms and provisions that should be considered in lease negotiations.”

Participants will receive a leasing handbook that covers legal issues, designing lease payment structures and calculating payments, and landowner liability. The book also will provide checklists and sample lease forms for negotiating lease agreements.

Lashmet said this will be the final workshop offered this year, adding the three previous events in Lubbock, College Station and Pearsall have far exceeded expectations on attendance and audience satisfaction.

Some audience reviews so far include:

“Excellent program. Met my needs for life. A morning well spent.”

“Great resource and service to the people of Texas.”

“I was so impressed with the professionalism and knowledge I witnessed today. I am interested in any class she teaches. I am a new landowner and a non-traditional landowner, so I need to learn from wise people in many fields.”

“Very informative!! My husband talked me into coming since this is really his interest on a little retirement place we own and I’m so glad I came. I thought I would want to slip out and go shopping but you hooked me in and I’m so glad I stayed. Very nicely done.”

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