Metro-East News

Looking for some land to farm? Cahokia airport has some for rent


Interested farmers have until Thursday to put in bids if they want to farm land at the St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia.

The airport is accepting bids from farmers in order to rent 330 acres of land for a five-year period. The airport has leased land to farmers since 1984.

Crop height maximums would range from four to eight feet in certain areas around the site, said airport director Erick Dahl.

Dahl said farmers generally have grown soybeans, corn and wheat, but crop plans would need to be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Leasing out the land generates revenue for the airport, while saving money on mowing costs, Dahl said.

He estimated a lease of the land to generate about $70,000 a year.

For more information about bidding on the lease, go to Metro’s procurement website: