Government farm programs play an important role in the operation of today’s farms and can have significant impacts on a farm’s sustainability. The decisions made regarding participation in farm programs can have long-term effects on a farm operation. Therefore, even though you, as the landowner, may not receive farm program payments (depending on the type of lease arrangement you enter) you may still want to be involved in decisions about participation.

Here are a few options you might consider to determine the authority to make decisions regarding government farm programs.

Sample Provisions:

  1. Landlord and Tenant must mutually agree to participation in programs of the USDA or other federal, state, or local government agencies for crop production control, soil and water conservation, or other purposes. Such agreement shall be made on an annual basis and shall be placed in writing and signed by both parties.
  2. Participation in programs of the USDA or other federal, state, or local government agency for crop production control, soil and water conservation, or other purposes shall be at the option of the Landlord.
  3. Participation in programs of the USDA or other federal, state, or local government agency for crop production control, soil and water conservation, or other purposes shall be at the option of the Tenant.