Traverse City Record-Eagle

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May 25, 2013

Farm Focus in Brief: 05/25/2013

Farmland leases

EAST LANSING — Landowners and lessees often rely on verbal arrangements for leasing farmland. Due to the complications and misunderstandings that may occur with a verbal lease, Michigan State University Extension recommends farmers use a written lease agreement.

To prevent the problems involved with verbal leases MSU Extension has produced the “Michigan Cash Farmland Lease bulletin (product number E3193).” It includes a flexible lease template so farmers may use it in a variety of situations, including those specific to Michigan.

The template is an interactive Microsoft Word form and provides choices parties can select that are appropriate to their situation. Producers or landowners can fill it out on a computer, save it and print it out.

Find the free template in the MSU Extension Bookstore at and search for “farmland lease.”

Rose-growing basics

TRAVERSE CITY — Cherry Capital Rose Society is offering free rose-growing basics workshops.

Programs are set for June 1 at Pine Hill Nursery’s Traverse City location; June 8 at Garden Goods in Traverse City; and June 22 at Manitou Gardens. Hours are from 10 a.m. to noon.

Those who purchase a rose will receive a free $20 membership to the Cherry Capital Rose Society. For more information, visit

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