Chances are 31-year-old Zach Adams cultivates relationships with his landlords so naturally that he doesn't even realize the amount of work involved.
OK, maybe not.
"Time spent on landlords is a year-round job," says Adams, who farms with his father, Dean, along the Minnesota/Iowa border, near Glenville, Minn. "The conversations with them during planting and harvest are just shorter."
Otherwise, Adams stays in regular year-round contact -- by telephone, text, email and regular mail -- with about 35 landowners and farm managers.
"I think communication and honesty are the two things that make ...