Posted September 23, 2013
On Wednesday, September 25 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST, the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program will host a webinar, “Access to Land: The Leasing Option.”  The webinar will cover the legal aspects of leasing land for beginners. 
Presenter: Jesse J. Richardson, Jr., Associate Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech.
Summary: Rented farmland is essential to virtually every full-time farming operation and many part time Virginia farmers.  Leasing farmland is particularly import for new and beginning farmers.  According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture, over 15,000 farms in Virginia lease a total of nearly 3,000,000 acres of farmland in the state.  This webinar will cover the basic legal issues involved in farm leasing.  These and other questions will be covered:  Why should you have a written lease?  What issues should the lease consider?  What does all the legal jargon really mean?  What happens if the lease expires and I still have crops to harvest?
 To participate in this webinar, please go to  No registration is required, simply type your name under the “guest account” a few minutes before 3:00 p.m. Once logged in, select “MEETING/RUN AUDIO SETUP WIZARD” to ensure your computer speakers working.   For additional technical assistance, contact Carl Estes with Virginia Tech at (540) 231-1385. 
The Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program is sponsored through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) of the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).