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For immediate release - issued Tuesday, August 27, 2002.

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September 1st is Deadline
for Notice on Most Farm Lease Extensions or Terminations

Attorney General's Farm Division issues reminder to landlords and tenants on steps to take for notification of ending or renewing farm leases.

DES MOINES. Attorney General Tom Miller has issued a "Farm Advisory" bulletin reminding landlords and tenants that September 1 is the deadline under Iowa law for the annual notice for renewing or ending farm leases.

"In general," Miller said, "lease tenancy continues for the following crop year on the same terms and conditions as the original lease, unless written notice of termination is served by either party."

Miller said the notice requirement applies to both oral and written leases, if farm tenants occupy and cultivate forty acres or more. It usually does not apply to leases involving pasture land. If there is a clear agreement otherwise fixing the termination date of the tenancy, whether or not in writing, the tenancy ceases on that date without the need for notice of termination.

The "Farm Advisory" bulletin was issued to many publications and farm-related organizations. It is available at the Attorney General's web site: www.IowaAttorneyGeneral.org. (Click on "Working for Farmers," and then "Farm Advisories.")

The Advisory spells out several legal methods to provide notice of termination. It also recommends that landlords and tenants consult a private attorney if they are seeking to terminate farm leases, to determine if notice is required and the best means to provide notification.

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