This timely report analyzes trends in U.S. farmland ownership and land tenure drawn from USDA’s 2014 Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL) survey. For NSAC’s analysis of the TOTAL survey results, see our previous blog post.
The ERS report can be generally divided into three major areas of emphasis:
- Historic and current trends in land tenure
- Patterns in landlords’ farmland decision-making, and
- Land-owner and tenant dynamics.
Access to land is one of the most important challenges facing the next generation of farmers. ERS’ report analyzes the agricultural economy’s current state of land tenure and turnover, including the demographics of ownership, how agricultural lands are being used by owners (i.e. farming or renting), and what – if any – owners’ long-term plans are related to their land and eventual land transfer.
Read more at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition