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A field is harvested near Sunburg in this September 2010 file photo. Recent strong crop prices will be a factor in the already tricky business of determining land rents when new agreements are hammered out this winter. Drought, land values and the lack of a farm bill also have an impact. (Tribune file photo by Ron Adams)

What's a fair price for land rent?

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One of the toughest jobs in farming could be even trickier than usual this winter.

Many farmland rental agreements expire at year's end, and the region's farmers and landlords are working to reach new deals. The task is complicated by two conflicting trends:

n Crop prices are high, and many farmers will enjoy strong profits this year. Given that, many landlords want higher rents for their property.

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