Rural Sociology, Farm Tenure, Farm Ownership, President's Committee, Agricultural Planning Committee, Farm Security Administration
Introduction: The subject of land tenure has been of primary interest to South Dakota people for a number of years. Almost without exception, county agricultural planning committees have listed tenancy among the more important land-use problems in South Dakota. The State Agricultural Planning Committee at its February 1942, meeting requested that land tenure studies be continued by the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station. There has also been a considerable amount of interest in the problems of land tenure at the national level. An outstanding evidence of this concern is Farm Tendency, the report of the President’s Committee which was published in 1937. This report deals mainly with the problem of security for farmers, and in the preface it is made clear that “thousands of farmers commonly considered as owners are as insecure as tenants.” In the realm of governmental action the Farm Security Administration, acting under orders from the Congress, has helped some disadvantaged tenants to attain ownership. (See more in text).
South Dakota State State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, Agricultural Experiment Station
Slocum, W. L., "The Influence of Tenure Status upon Rural Life in Eastern South Dakota" (1942). Agricultural Experiment Station Circulars. 36.