Absentee Landlords and Agriculture
Absentee landlords of agricultural land do not live on their land but lease it to others to farm. These can include retired farmers and ranchers, individuals who inherit land but live elsewhere, and those who buy land for recreational or investment purposes and reside elsewhere (Petrzelka et al. 2013).
An “unprecedented level of absentee ownership” of rangelands has occurred in the US West (Haggerty and Travis 2006, p. 825); and in the Midwest, an increasing number of farmland owners are no longer living on their land or even in the state where their land is located (Duffy and Smith 2008). However, no nationwide data set exists on this growing group of agricultural landowners, and little research exists about differences between residential landlords (who reside on the land) and absentee landlords (who reside elsewhere). Absentee ownership and...
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