One of the most frequently asked questions is "What cash rental rate is fair?" This page helps address this issue, provides farm rental links and information on lease agreements.

Farmland Rental Resources

How Do I Calculate a Fair Land Rental Price?

Many landowners in Ashtabula County choose to rent their farm ground instead of actively farming the ground themselves.  The major question that landlords and tenants ask is, “What is a fair price to rent farm ground for?”  Determining rental rates is dependent on a number of variables which are different for each land rental situation. 
Click here to access a fact sheet which will address some of the factors you should consider as you rent land in Ashtabula County.

Leases- It is recommended once the landlord and tenant agree on a rental price a written lease should be signed by both parties. The North Central Farm Management Extension Committee has developed a website “Ag Lease 101” which helps both land owners and land operators learn about alternative lease arrangements and includes sample written lease agreements for several alternatives. Some of the example leases available: Cash Farm Lease, Crop-Share Lease, Pasture Lease, Farm Building/Livestock Facility Lease, Farm Machinery Lease for Non-Commercial Transactions and Livestock Rental Lease. Ag Lease 101 can be accessed at:  https://aglease101.org/  Sample leases can also be accessed below.

Legal Questions & Answers - OSU Extension’s Agricultural & Resource Law Program, led by Assistant Professor Peggy Kirk Hall, helps to provide research and outreach on legal issues affecting agriculture.  A variety of Law Bulletins are available from the Farm Leasing Law Library and include the following discussions: What’s in Your Farmland Lease?, Creating an Enforceable Farm Lease, Protecting, Interests in a Verbal Farm Lease Situation, Leasing Your Land for Hunting, Crop Share Leasing in Ohio, and Legal Aspects of Ohio Farmland Leases.  The Agricultural & Resource Law Program can be be accessed at: https://farmoffice.osu.edu/

Below is a listing of resources from The Ohio State University and other land grant universities you will find useful as you evaluate a fair rent for your farm.

Surveys of Cash Rental Rates

2017 Ohio Average Cash Rents from Ohio NASS

2016 Ohio Average Cash Rents from Ohio NASS

2014 Ohio Average Cash Rents from Ohio NASS

2013 Ohio Average Cash Rents from Ohio NASS

2012-2013 Ohio Average County Cash Rents from Ohio NASS

2011-2012 Ohio Average County Cash Rents from Ohio NASS

2011 Ohio Average County Cash Rents from Ohio NASS

2009-2010 Ohio Average County Cash Rents from Ohio NASS

2008-2009 Ohio Average Rental from Ohio NASS

Computer Programs to Determine Lease or Land Values

Flexible Cash Lease Calculator - Options for Cash Lease with a Bonus Approach, Net Return Approach & Ratio Approach

Crop Share Calculator- The Crop-Share Lease Calculator is a tool designed to allow the user to input costs and shares of each to fairly allocate revenue in a crop share lease arrangement.

Custom Rate Calculator- The Custom Rate Calculator calculates a more accurate portrayal of the current Custom Rates based on the increase in fuel prices.

Machinery Rental Rates Calculator- The Machinery Rental Rates Calculator takes user input to determine the recommended rate for renting material.

Land Bid- A calculation of the maximum amount that can be paid for farmland, while still having a profitable investment.

Ohio Crop Yields

Crop Yields by County in Ohio from Ohio Agricultural Statistics Service

General Land Rental Agreement Information

Fixed and Flexible Cash Rental Arrangements for Your Farm-NEW 

Crop Share or Crop Share-Cash Rental Agreements for Your Farm-NEW

Pasture Rental Agreements for Your Farm-NEW

Legal and Management Aspects of Ohio Farmland Leases, FR-0001-01

Flexible-Cash Rents for Farmland, FR-0002-01

Farm Rental Agreement Checklist, FR-0003-01

Managing Landlord-Tenant Relationships: A Strategic Perspective, FR-0004-01

Crop Share Leasing in Ohio, FR-0005-01

Tax Issues for Farm Rental Agreements, FR-0006-02

Leasing Farm Buildings and Livestock Facilities, FR-0007-02

Establishing a Fair Pasture Rental Rate, FR-0008-06

Flexible Cash Rents Based on Crop Insurance Parameters

Sample Agreements and Other Information

NCRME Fixed and Flexible Cash Lease Agreement-NEW

NCRME Crop Share Lease Agreement-NEW

Pasture Rental Agreement-NEW

Basic Farm Agreement (FSA compliant)

Sample Farm Cash Lease agreement (FSA Compliant)

Cash Farm Lease-Detailed Sample Agreement (1997version of NCRME Cash Lease)

Crop Share or Crop Share-Cash Lease-(1997 version of NCRME Crop Share Lease)