Share farming and contract farming: key considerations

Business Structures

Situations may arise where a landowner decides that they do not want to or are unable to work the land.

This could be because, for example, they want to reduce capital tied up in machinery or cut down on physical farm work. Alternatively, it could be that they want to expand without an ability or a requirement for large amounts of extra capital. Sometimes, it could be that there are new investors who want some involvement in and the tax advantages of land ownership, but who often do not have farming experience.

This business guide provides an explanation of the possible options of entering into either a share farming agreement or a contract farming agreement.