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Farmer FAQs

How Tillable Works

Tillable provides access to new farmland by connecting you to landlords outside of your network using the following process:

  1. Create a Farm Operation Profile to promote yourself and your operations
  2. Browse farms and find a farm you would like to rent
  3. Submit an offer for a farm
  4. Communicate and negotiate with the landlord on the Tillable platform
  5. Agree on the terms, sign the lease and set up payments

Nope. Tillable is not an auction platform, and all offers made on the site are blind—meaning farmers can’t see other offers. Landlords will have different motivations when choosing a farmer, which makes your profile very important. (You’ll complete your profile when you create an account.) Criteria like experience, personality or commitment to farming or the local community can often carry more weight than the highest offer.

When a landowner leases their land to Tillable through our Hassle-Free Lease, we use our established process to list the property for rent on our platform. We feel it is important for the market to decide a fair rental price, and this means area farmers should have the opportunity to review and make offers on the farm. Because you’ve already been operating on the land, If you’re interested in continuing to farm it, we encourage you to make an offer on the Tillable platform. When you sign up, create your profile and make an offer, you’ll have the opportunity to highlight your history of farming the land, which can be very valuable. By signing up for Tillable, you’ll also learn about new farmland in your area as it becomes available to rent.</span.

Access to the Tillable platform, browsing and saving farms is free. If you sign a lease and rent a farm through Tillable, a fee of 2% of the gross rent for that farm applies.

Creating Your Farmer Profile

Note: you will need to use Chrome, Firefox or Safari (iPhone/iPad) to access Tillable. If you are using a computer that only has Internet Explorer, click on either the Firefox or Google Chrome links to download one of these browsers.

Completing Your Farm Operation Profile
You will receive an email from Tillable Support welcoming you to the platform. Click on Confirm Account to get started on your farm operation profile. Once in the Tillable platform, click on Complete Farm Operation Profile. You may also access your profile and make updates by clicking on your initials or profile picture in the upper right hand corner and clicking on Account Settings, then Profile Settings.

Profile Settings

General

  • Personal Information: How you enter your name is exactly how it will appear on the lease and should reflect how it appears on any business or tax documents.
  • Business Type: This can be found on your tax forms if you are unsure.
    Business Name: If your business type is not “Individual,” this section will appear. It should match perfectly with the articles of incorporation of your business.
  • Address: Enter this as it appears on your tax documents for your farming operation.
  • Farming Description: This is not required, but if you are thinking about placing an offer on other farms available on Tillable, we highly recommend filling in this section to give landlords more insight about you and your operation. This is an opportunity to highlight your experience!

 

Background
This section asks for more specific information to help landlords understand your farming history, farming practices and tools that you use in your operation.

References
This section asks for at least one Trade Reference as well as one Bank Reference. You also have the option to add a Landowner Reference. Providing references are required for all farmers that are completing profiles on Tillable and are only viewed by landlords for your farms or farms you make offers on.

Click Finish & Review once you have entered all required fields to complete your profile.

You can review and update your profile anytime. When you’re logged into Tillable, just click your profile photo in the top right corner and select “Account Settings.”

BROWSING FARMS

Tillable is founded on the principle helping farmers find new opportunities to rent farmland. To search for new land, you’ll first create an account. When you’re logged into Tillable, simply select “Browse Farms” from the main menu. The map will center on the default location you set in your profile (you can update this anytime by going to your Account Settings). Each farm that is located within the limits of your view will show on the map and on the list view on the right side. The icons and cards provide additional information about the availability of each farm.
Click on the heart in the top right corner of the farm card on the main search page, or in the top right corner of the farm detail page. All of the farms you save will be shown on the My Farms dashboard. You can unsave a farm by clicking on the highlighted heart.

Making an offer

This video is a great starting point. Remember that prior to submitting an offer on any farm, you must fill out your Farm Operation Profile. After that, there are 5 basic steps:

  1. Go to the farm detail page of a farm you wish to make an offer on, and review the farm description.
  2. Click the “Make Offer” button to review any special requirements, the farm’s lease type (cash), and payment schedule.
  3. Input the price per acre for the farm to create your good faith offer. (Offers are not binding, but your offer should be a number you are confident in and willing to pay, based on available information. You can modify or cancel your offer anytime prior to the offer deadline.)
  4. Enter a message to the landlord indicating your interest in the farm and what differentiates you from other farmers, your vision for the farm, and any additional information you think they should have.
  5. Click “Submit Offer.” Your offer will then be submitted.

After you submit your offer, wait for the offer deadline to pass. At this point, the landlord will review all offers at once, and begin contacting farmers with whom they would like to continue conversations.

Following the offer deadline, landlords have the ability to message potential tenants about leasing their land. The landlord can engage with one or many potential tenants, but is under no obligation to respond to all offers. If a landlord sends you a message, you can respond and ask or answer any questions necessary to come to an agreement. You or the landlord can also set up phone calls or a meeting to ensure both parties are comfortable with the arrangement prior to signing the binding lease agreement through Tillable.
Tillable will notify you once a farm you’ve made an offer on has been leased.
No. Your profile is not visible to other farmers and is not searchable by landlords anywhere on the site. The only time a landlord can view your profile and information is when you submit an offer on their farm. Other farmers do not have access to your profile and cannot view your offer.
Plan on it. Generally, your references will only be called if you and the landlord are close to reaching an agreement. In most cases, the landlord will notify you of their intent to reach out to your references, providing you time to speak with them first.
If you have questions about the farm during the offer process, please post them in the Q&A section of the farm profile. The landlord will answer questions there. The question and answer will be visible to all farmers, but the source of the question will remain anonymous. This helps ensure questions are answered efficiently and that all farmers have equal access to the same information.
Once you and the landlord have agreed to the terms and established a common vision for how the farm will be managed, it’s time to sign the lease. All leases on Tillable are signed digitally and stored within the platform, so you can access it anytime. Once your lease is signed, you’ll set up automatic payments.
Not necessarily. After the first year, you and your landlord can choose to negotiate directly for future years. To ensure that necessary information is well-organized and always available, you can continue to manage leases, payments and data through Tillable.

Lease Terms

Different farms may have different lease terms; however, many will use the Tillable standard lease, which has been through professional legal review. Landlords may modify the standard lease with additional terms. Any questions about the lease terms and conditions prior to the offer deadline should be asked in the Q&A section of the farm profile, and they will be answered by the landlord. Remember that your offer is not binding. You should do your best to make an offer based on the information you have available. You will always have an opportunity to view the lease prior to signing it.
Our platform supports cash rent, “flex” and other performance-based leases. Your specific lease type will be determined between you and your landlord, but most leases on Tillable are for cash rent.
The Tillable platform supports leases of varying durations, but we advocate for one-year leases. A one-year lease forces an annual check-in and accountability toward the goals that you have established with your landlord, and to discuss any improvements or investments you want to make on the land.

AUTomatic payments

To set up your funding source, click on your initials in the upper right hand corner of the screen and click Account Settings, then Funding Source(s), then the green Add Funding Source button. Note: Tillable uses a third party, Dwolla, to process payments and does not store or have access to any of your personal banking information. Learn more about how your payments are processed. 

Account Verification
After clicking Add Funding Source, you will first go through a series of questions to verify your business or personal identity.

Bank Account Verification
Once your identity is verified, you will link your bank account for automatic rent payments by using one of the two options below:

Option 1: Instant Account Verification—Recommended

  1. Click Instant Account Verification, then Continue.
  2. Search for your bank, or if your bank is one of the popular partners, click on the name.
  3. Enter your online banking User ID and Password, then Agree & Continue.
  4. If your bank isn’t available, you will need to complete Option 2.

Option 2: Micro Deposits

  1. Click Micro Deposits.
  2. Click the circle next to the Account Type you wish to use and enter the corresponding banking information, then Continue.
  3. Within 1-3 days you will notice small deposits of less than $.10 in your account.
  4. As soon as you notice the micro-deposits, log back into Tillable, then click on your initials in the upper right hand corner > Account Settings > Funding Source and verify these amounts.
    Note: It is important that you verify these amounts quickly; otherwise you may be required to start over.
Rental payments are automatically transferred from your bank account through the Tillable platform and deposited into your landlord’s designated account. Use of today’s modern and secure ACH banking system ensures the integrity of the payment process.

Data management & reporting

Good question. When you rent farmland through Tillable, you’ll be expected to share farm operation details with your landlord. Reports may be simple uploads from precision agriculture tools you’re already using like MyJohnDeere or Climate FieldView, reports you receive from other sources such as your soil management contractor, scale tickets or other documentation. Other farmers and landlords on Tillable cannot see your data.

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