To own farmland is both rewarding and a lot of hard work. The amount of decisions to be made regarding the growing of crops, as well as the marketing of those crops, managing the land and equipment, figuring out fair leasing options, and controlling input costs are too numerous to mention. Increasingly, many landowners are turning to professional land managers to help bear some of these burdens, and to ensure that their farming operations are giving them the best ROI as possible.
For landowners who acquire land as part of an inheritance, or solely as an investment with very little agriculture experience, professional land managers can be the key to making the best of that land investment. Other times, growers who have farmed for decades decide to take advantage of the expertise of a land manager to help them with certain aspects of their farming operations, such as helping them negotiate lease agreements, learning about the latest farm bill programs, giving them an edge with grain marketing, or selling land.
UFARM land managers have the qualifications and education necessary to manage production inputs and make improvements that will maximize your operation’s profits and ensure its sustainability. When you decide to take advantage of a land manager’s aid, they go the extra mile to do whatever needs to be done for your operation and your behalf. The client sets the level of involvement, and the land manager keeps clients up-to-date and informed of any decisions made.
Specifically, UFARM land managers can help with any or all of the following:
- Make recommendations regarding lease options
- Locate the best qualified operating personnel
- Negotiate lease agreements
- Manage and maintain homes, buildings, and other improvements
- Develop a comprehensive operating plan covering crop or grassland rotations, tillage practices, chemical applications, etc., which are beneficial for the long-term value of the property
- Supervise crop programs and conservation measures
- Manage crop and livestock sales
- Advise and oversee capital improvements
- Facilitate participation in and compliance with government programs
A land manager’s role in your operation can be as broad or narrow as you, the landowner, decides. And, when it comes to each of these tasks, UFARM land managers pay close attention to detail. Whether it’s making sure a lease is written out with all possible scenarios considered or keeping up-to-date on the latest crop technology, UFARM land managers are always staying on top of the latest research and practices that affect land ownership.
Enlisting the help of a farm manager may provide a landowner needed peace of mind. UFARM prides itself on excellent record-keeping and accuracy, and our land managers make habits of going through written records with an eagle eye, always making sure that the landowner’s best interests are represented.
Are you considering enlisting the help of a professional land manager and still have questions about how they can help you with your farming operation? Feel free to stop in or call UFARM for a free consultation—we are glad to walk through our services with you.
UFARM offers a full range of Nebraska land management services, including real estate sales, rural property appraisals, consultations and crop insurance. UFARM has operated in Nebraska since the early 1930’s. Contact us today!