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Responses needed for farmland leasing survey sent to Oklahoma agricultural producers

Monday, October 19, 2020

Scenic photo of a windmill.
Oklahoma ranks fourth in the nation for the number of farms, which average 438 acres in size. (Photo by Todd Johnson, OSU Agricultural Communications Services)

The deadline is fast approaching for agricultural producers throughout Oklahoma to fill out and mail a land-leasing survey sent to them by Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

“Producers are encouraged to respond by Nov. 10,” said Roger Sahs, OSU Extension agricultural economist. “Extension educators are frequently asked questions about reported land rents in a given area. The research will help interested parties attain a needed understanding of market conditions.”

Reported market rental information is a good place to start discussions between landlords and tenants in determining a fair and equitable lease that is satisfactory to both parties, Sahs said.

Most people complete the survey in about 20 minutes. Once completed, use the enclosed postage-paid, business-reply envelope. Producers’ mailing identification will be kept separate from their individual questionnaires to protect confidentiality and survey responses. Only totals, averages and other statistical measures will be shared with the public.

Results will be published as an OSU Extension Current Report, available online and through all OSU Extension county offices.

“The longstanding partnership between OSU and NASS in collecting agricultural land leasing rate data has proven very valuable to Oklahoma producers,” said Troy Marshall, NASS state statistician for Oklahoma. “Our goal is to make available the best information possible to those who need it. To do that, we need responses to our surveys.”

NASS is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Founded in 1863, NASS is charged with providing timely, accurate and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture. The organization publishes hundreds of survey results annually.

MEDIA CONTACT: Donald Stotts | Agricultural Communications Services | 405-744-4079 | donald.stotts@okstate.edu

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