farm tenant, farm tenancy, farm improvements, farm ownership, farm leasing, agricultural economics
Some studies have shown that share tenants use about the same farming practices as cash tenants and owner operators. Other studies show that share tenants have lost most of the freedom and incentive to develop, improve and conserve the land and buildings they lease. This situation raises these questions:
(1) What are the freedoms provided by ownership? Why are they important?
(2) What are the alternative ways these freedoms can be provided?
(3) What are the problems of share rent leasing?
(4) What are the problems and possibilities of fixed or flexible cash rent leasing?
(5) What research is suggested by this review of farm ownership and tenancy problems?
The purpose of this circular is to answer these and related questions. Most evidence to support answers is drawn from many studies made during the past 30 years. Some of the more important sources are listed at the end for readers who want further information.
Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University, Brookings
Berry, R.L., "Achieving More Freedom by Farm Tenancy Improvement" (1977). Agricultural Experiment Station Circulars. 167.