The Power of Negotiation and Communication

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The Power of Negotiation and Communication: Land Leasing Strategies for Midwestern Ag Women is a four-part extension workshop produced in collaboration between women in agriculture programs in Indiana, Kansas, and Nebraska.

It will focus on the basics of land management, leasing, and conservation for both landlords and tenants. Each state will host dozens of workshop sites on each date, featuring simulcast keynote speakers, as well as local speakers and activities at each location.

The Nebraska Women in Agriculture program, in conjunction with women in agriculture programs at Purdue University and Kansas State University, will host a four-part extension workshop on the basics of land management, leasing and conservation for landlords and tenants.

“The Power of Negotiation and Communication: Land Leasing Strategies for Midwestern Ag Women” will begin Jan. 18 at numerous sites in Indiana, Kansas and Nebraska. The series will focus on writing agricultural lease agreements, landlord-tenant relationships, negotiations and conservation practices.

Workshops will be held on Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, and Feb. 8.

According to Department of Agriculture census data from 2017, there are over 90,000 women producers and over 51,000 female landlords in the three states.

“Women represent an important and growing demographic in agricultural land management and this workshop series will teach essential management information while providing women the chance to ask questions, connect with each other and share their experiences,” said Jessica Groskopf, director of the Nebraska Women in Agriculture program.

Each state will host a number of satellite workshop sites with local extension personnel. Keynote speakers will be simulcast to each location and each site will provide additional speakers and hands-on activities. Dinner will be included.

Groskopf said the program’s structure is intended to strengthen networks of women in rural areas, which can provide opportunities for building trust and sharing information. “Connections are so important to women farmers,” she said. “We have seen the benefits that come from knowing your peers, having a place to share difficulties and mitigate the isolation that so many of us in agriculture often feel.”

These workshops seek to help participants increase their awareness of local land values and cash rental rates and the factors that influence them. They will also cover the importance of having a written lease and the items that should be included in it to ensure an equitable agreement for all parties. Participants will learn negotiation strategies as well as best practices to improve relationships between landlords and tenants.

Conservation programs will also be covered, so that participants will have a greater understanding of compliance requirements and increase their awareness of voluntary conservation programs that are available to them.

The workshop costs $50 per person and participants should plan to attend each session. A virtual option is available for those unable to attend a workshop site for $75 per person, although in-person attendance is highly encouraged to better network with other attendees and interact with speakers. 

This material is based upon work supported by USDA NIFA under Award Number 2021-70027-34694.

Nebraska Locations:

CityLocationAddress
Central City  Merrick County Youth and Agriculture Education Center  1784 Fairgrounds Road 
Concord  Haskell Ag Lab  57905 866 Road 
Geneva  Fillmore County Extension  1340 G St. 
Lincoln  Lancaster County Extension Office  444 Cherrycreek Road Suite A 
North Platte  Lincoln Logan McPherson Extension Center  348 W. State Farm Road 
Omaha  Nebraska Extension in Douglas- Sarpy County  8015 W. Center Road 
Syracuse  Syracuse Library  480 5th St. 

The Power of Negotiation and Communication: Land Leasing Strategies for Midwestern Ag Women

Multistate four-part workshop

January 18, January 25, February 1, February 8 at locations across Nebraska. 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Registration is Closed.  

Nebraska Locations:

CityLocationAddress
Central City  Merrick County Youth and Agriculture Education Center  1784 Fairgrounds Road 
Concord  Haskell Ag Lab  57905 866 Road 
Geneva  Fillmore County Extension  1340 G St. 
Lincoln  Lancaster County Extension Office  444 Cherrycreek Road Suite A 
North Platte  Lincoln Logan McPherson Extension Center  348 W. State Farm Road 
Omaha  Nebraska Extension in Douglas- Sarpy County  8015 W. Center Road 
Syracuse  Syracuse Library  480 5th St.