Life rarely works in black and white. If you choose to expand your farm between the portion of the crop or the leases, you need to understand what is best for you and be able to negotiate with a landowner who wants the best for it. While this complicates navigation, it will help gain an appropriate level of confidence, prescient and some good advice to clarify what is the best option for each person concerned. The Alberta government is publishing a guide called “Leasing Cropland in Alberta” that can help you make the decision that works best for you. The distribution of a crop may depend on a number of factors, including local land market prices and the bargaining ability and expectations of both the tenant and the landlord. A farmer registered for GST/HST purposes enters into an agreement on the provision of services relating to agricultural land. The owner of the crop determines which fields are sown, which plant species should be sown, and when to spray and harvest. Items that benefit both the landlord and the tenant, such as pesticides, fertilizers and freight, can be shared in the same proportion as the crop. In all cases, qualified persons, whether as an individual entrepreneur, in partnership or as a shareholder in an agricultural company, must actively participate in the management and/or day-to-day activity. The Canada Revenue Agency verifies whether the owner is involved in the risks and benefits of the farm business when determining whether he is involved in the agricultural activity rather than exploiting rental property. As a general rule, tenants need written permission from the landlord before making major improvements. It is also important to outline how the value of the improvements will be determined and when compensation will be paid. An example of some form of compensation to the tenant for improvement is that the lessor exploits the tenant free of charge for a given period of time that must be agreed between the parties (in writing) at the time of the landowner`s agreement.