CASS COUNTY — Cass County Extension will be hosting two meetings for local farmers the first week of August. More information on each meeting is below. Registration is now open for both meetings, and RSVP’s can be made by calling the Cass County Extension Office at 712-243-1132. Registration is requested two days in advance of each meeting to allow for planning.

On Monday, Aug. 3, at 5:30 p.m. there will be a free meeting on the Cass County Fair Grounds in response to local drought conditions. Meeting topics include crop growth and development under drought conditions, feeding drought damaged crops, including issues with drought silage, and other cattle management considerations, and crop insurance considerations. All topics will be presented by local Extension specialists. The meeting will last approximately 90 minutes, and producers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs for seating, as the meeting will be held outdoors (under cover in case of rain). Additional information on this meeting series can be found at: https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/drought-meetings-be-offered-central-and-west-central-iowa

On Thursday, Aug. 6, a 6:30 p.m., Cass County Extension will host the annual Farmland Leasing Arrangements meeting to address questions that landowners, tenants or other interested individuals have about leasing farmland. Core topics of the 2020 program will be land values and cash rent trends, cost of production, methods for determining a fair rental rate, the latest legal updates that impact farm leases and land ownership, and communication between tenants or landlords. Registration fee for the program is $20/participant or $30/couple, and includes a 100-page workbook with leasing resources. To allow for social distancing at the meeting location, pre-registrations are required by Tuesday August 4th. Additional information on this series can be found at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm/info/meetings.html.