Pasture Lease Form

Illinois Pasture Lease
To use this lease form. Complete two identical copies – one for the Lessor
(Landowner) and one for the Lessee (Tenant). Cross out any provisions that are not to
become a part of the contract. Write any additional provisions that are desired. Use ink
or typewriter. (Pasture leasing information can be found at
http://www.agcom/purdue.edu/AgCom/Pubs/EC/EC-623.html and
http://www.oznet.ksu.edu/library/agec2/ncr149/pdf)
The Lessor and Lessee may want to discuss lease provisions with their respective legal
counsel since a lease creates and alters legal rights.
Date and names of parties. This lease is entered into on ____________________________, 20_____,
Between ___________________________________________________________________________________________________(Landlords) Lessor(s),
at (address) ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
and __________________________________________________________________________________________________________(Tenants) Lessee(s),
at (address) ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.
The parties to this lease agree to the following provisions.
Description of land. The Lessor rents and leases to the Lessee, to occupy and to use for agricultural purposes only, the following real estate located in the
County of ____________________________________________________________and the State of ___________________________________________,
described as follows: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________,
commonly know as the ______________________________________farm and consisting of approximately __________acres, together with all buildings
and improvements thereon belonging to the Lessor, except ______________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.
Length of tenure. The term of this lease shall be from _____________________________, 20_____, to _______________________________, 20_____,
and the Lessee shall surrender possession at the end of this term or at the end of any extension thereof. Extensions must be placed in writing on this lease,
and both parties agree that failure to execute an extension at least _____________________months before the end of the current term shall be constructive
notice of intent to allow the lease to expire.
Amendments and alterations to this lease may be made in writing in the space provided and the end of this form at any time by mutual agreement. If
the parties fail to agree on proposed alterations, the existing provisions of the lease shall control operations.
Section 1. Animal Units
Not more than _______animal units shall be kept in the pasture at any one time without the express written consent of the
Lessor. Deliberate violation of this provision shall constitute grounds for termination of this lease. (In general, each 1,000
pounds of average weight shall be one animal unit. If the pasture owner and the owner of the livestock prefer, they can use
the following basis for calculating animal units: one bull, 1.25 animal units; one 1,000-pound cow, 1 animal unit; one
yearling steer of heifer, .075 animal unit; calf, 6 months to 1 year, 0.5 animal unit; 3 to 6 months, 0.3 animal unit; sheep, 5
per animal unit; horse, 1.25 animal unit.)
Stocking rate
Number
head
Bulls .................................. _______
Cows ................................. _______
Yearling steers .................. _______
Yearling heifers ................ _______
Calves, 6 to 12 mos. .......... _______
Calves, 3 to 6 mos. ............ _______
Other ................................. _______
Other ................................. _______
Number
animal units
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Section 2. Rental Calculations and Payment Schedule
(Use method I, II or III and strike out the two methods not used.)
Method I
The Lessor agrees to pay $__________ per acre for use on the property described in paragraph I. Total rent of $_______ shall
be paid as follows:
$______ on or before ______ day of ______(month)
$______ on or before ______ day of ______(month)
$______ on or before ______ day of ______(month)
$______ on or before ______ day of ______(month)
Rental adjustment. Additional agreements in regard to rental payment:
Method II
The Lessee agrees to pay the rates outlined in Table 1 (the period may be a month, pasture season, or year).
The minimum rent shall be $______. Such rent shall be required regardless of whether or not livestock are actually being
pastured. The total rent of $______ (from Table 1) shall be paid as follows:
$______ on or before ______ day of ______(month)
$______ on or before ______ day of ______(month)
$______ on or before ______ day of ______(month)
$______ on or before ______ day of ______(month)
Table 1 — Rental Rates
Number
Bulls ............................. ______
Cows ............................ ______
Yearling steers ............. ______
Yearling heifers ............ ______
Calves, 6 to 12 mos. ..... ______
Calves, 3 to 6 mos. ....... ______
Other ............................ ______
Other ............................ ______
Rental rate per period
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
$__________________
$__________________
$__________________
$__________________
$__________________
$__________________
$__________________
$__________________
Total rent per period
=
=
=
=
=
=
=
=
$ ________________
$ ________________
$ ________________
$ ________________
$ ________________
$ ________________
$ ________________
$ ________________
TOTAL RENT .......................................................................................... $_________________
Rental adjustment: Additional agreements in regard to rental payment:
Method III — Other rental arrangements (share-of-gain, etc.)
Section 3. Lessor and Lessee Responsibilities
Lessor and Lessee agree to divide and assume the following responsibilities: (Use X or initials to indicate responsibility.)
Inspect fences not less than once per ______.
Furnish labor for repair of fences.
Furnish materials for repair of fences.
Supervise supply of water to livestock.
Furnish labor for repair of water system.
Furnish materials for repair of water system.
Furnish salt & mineral.
Count livestock not less than once per _____.
Return stray animals to pasture.
Call veterinarian in case of emergency.
Pay veterinary expenses.
Provide loading and unloading facilities.
Furnish supplementary feed, if needed.
Notify other party of shortage in count _____.
Provide facilities for fly control.
Keep fly-control facilities in working order.
Additional agreements:
Lessor
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Section 4. Lessee’s Obligations and Duties
The Lessee further agrees to perform and carry out the stipulations
below. (Strike out any not desired.)
A. Activities required:
1. To furnish health certificates as follows:
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
To prevent noxious weeds from going to seed on said
premises and to destroy the same and keep the weeds cut.
To prevent all unnecessary waste, or loss, or damage to the
property of the Lessor.
To comply with pollution control, water quality, and
environmental protection requirements as required by local,
state, and federal agencies, as well as to implement soil
erosion control practices to comply with the soil loss
standards mandated by local, state, and federal agencies.
Insurance: For the term of the lease, Lessee shall maintain
insurance with a carrier acceptable to the Lessor, insuring
Lessee while performing on these premises hereunder for the
following types and in stated minimum amounts:
i) Liability Insurance: $________________ per person
$________________ per occurrence
ii) Property Damage: $________________ per occurrence
iii) Workers Compensation: Full Statutory Limits
Lessee shall furnish a Certificate of Insurance and agrees that
all applicable insurance policies name the Lessor as an
additional insured and to receive notice of termination of
coverage.
To use prudence and care in transporting, storing, handling,
and applying all fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and other
chemicals and similar substances; to read and follow
instructions on the labels for the use of such materials in
order to avoid injury or damages to persons or property or
both on the leased premises and adjoining areas; and to
comply with state pesticide training, licensing, storing, and
usage. Any chemicals for weed or insect control or other use,
when used, should be applied at levels not to exceed the
manufacturer’s recommendation.
7. To be solely responsible for all employer obligations on hired
labor with respect to safety requirements and social security
and workers’ compensation contributions, and the Lessor
shall have no responsibilities therefore.
B. Activities restricted. The Lessee further agrees:
1. Not to pasture livestock that continue to break through
fences. Should any animal be found outside the pasture on at
least three occasions, the Lessor may request its removal.
2. Not to put any cattle in pasture without getting specific
approval from the Lessor in advance regarding number,
health, sex, breed, and age.
3. Not to assign this lease to any person or persons or sublet any
part of the premises herein leased.
4. Not to erect or permit to be erected any structure or building
or to incur any expense to the Lessor for such purposes.
5. Not to permit, encourage, or invite other persons to use any
part or all of this property for any purpose or activity not
directly related to its use for agricultural production, except
as specifically noted here:
_________________________________________________
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6. Not to cut live trees for sale purposes or personal uses.
7. Not to erect or permit to be erected any commercial
advertising signs on the farm.
8. Not to enter into any agreement, contract, or other farming or
business arrangement that alters rights in the Lessor’s
security interest, right of entry, default or possession.
C. Additional agreements: __________________________
__________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________
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Section 5. Default, Possession, Right of Entry,
Mineral Rights, Extent of Agreement, Liability
The Lessor and Lessee agree to the following provisions. (Strike out any not desired.)
A. Termination upon default. If either party fails to carry out
D. Mineral rights. Nothing in this lease shall confer upon the Lessee
substantially the terms of this lease in due and proper time, the lease
may be terminated by the other party by serving a written notice
citing the instance(s) of default and specifying a termination date of
_____ days from the date of such notice.
B. Yielding possession. The Lessee agrees at the expiration or
termination of this lease to yield possession of the premises to the
Lessor without further demand or notice, in as good order and
condition as when they were entered upon by the Lessee, loss by fire,
flood, or tornado, and ordinary wear excepted. If the Lessee fails to
yield possession, the Lessee shall pay to the Lessor a penalty of
$_______ per day or the statutory double rent, whichever is less, for
each day the Lessee remains in possession thereafter, in addition to
any damages caused by the Lessee to the Lessor’s land or
improvements, and said payments shall not entitle the Lessee to any
interest of any kind or character in or on the premises.
C. Lessor’s right of entry. The Lessor reserves the right
personally or by agents, employees, or assigns to enter upon the
premises at any reasonable time to view them, to work or make
repairs or improvements thereon, to care for and dispose of the
Lessor’s share of livestock, to develop mineral resources as provided
in Clause D and to hunt and fish.
any right to minerals underlying the land. Such mineral rights are
hereby reserved by the Lessor together with the full right to enter
upon the premises and to bore, search, excavate, work, and remove
the minerals, to deposit excavated rubbish, to pass over the premises
with vehicles, and to lay down and work any railroad track or tracks,
tank, pipelines, power lines, and structures as may be necessary or
convenient for the above purpose. The Lessor agrees to reimburse the
Lessee for any actual damage the Lessee may suffer for pasture
destroyed by these activities and to release the Lessee from obligation
to continue pasturing this property when development of mineral
resources interferes materially with the Lessee’s opportunity to make
a satisfactory return.
E. Extent of agreement. The terms of this lease shall be binding
on the heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns of both Lessor and
Lessee in like manner as upon the original parities.
F. Lessor liability. The Lessee takes possession of the leased
premises subject to the hazards of operating a farm, and assumes all
risk of accidents personally as well as for family, employees, or
agents in pursuance of farming operations, or in performing repairs
on building, fences, tile, and other improvements.
Section 6. Additional Agreements
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Lessor
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Lessor
By _______________________________________________________________________________
Agent
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Lessee
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Lessee
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Date
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Date
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Date
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Date
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Date
Amendments to the Lease
A. Lessor’s written consent to Lessee’s participation in items in Section 4, Clause B.
1. Item:__________________ Description and restrictions: ______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________Date: ______________________ Lessor’s Signature _____________________________
2. Item:__________________ Description and restrictions: ______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________Date: ______________________ Lessor’s Signature _____________________________
B. Other amendments:
1. ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________
Date
____________________________________________________________ ____________________________
Date
2. ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________
Date
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Date
3. ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________
Date
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Date
Extension
Extension
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Lessor
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Lessee
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Lessor
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Lessee
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Lessor
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Lessee
Extension
This lease shall be extended from
This lease shall be extended from
This lease shall be extended from
_______________________, 20_____,
_______________________, 20_____,
_______________________, 20_____,
to _____________________, 20_____
to _____________________, 20_____
to _____________________, 20_____
Signed: _________________, 20_____
Signed: _________________, 20_____
Signed: _________________, 20_____
___________________________Lessor
___________________________Lessor
___________________________Lessor
___________________________Lessee
___________________________Lessee
___________________________Lessee
Prepared by the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois Extension, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental
Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension Work, Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with
the U.S. Department of Agriculture. DENNIS R. CAMPION, Associate Dean, Extension and Outreach, University of Illinois Extension, University of Illinois at
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