Thursday, September 17, 2015

farm land rentiers

Contrary Farmer | I saw some statistics recently that startled me. In Pennsylvania, some 85% of the farmland is owned by non-farmers and that number is increasing. A little over half the landlords never ever farmed. I presume this is generally true of many other states but haven’t had time to check it out (National Agricultural Statistics Service). The non-farming landlords I know aren’t about to sell either. They know farmland is a very good investment for them. As more and more big corporations get into farming for the same reason, it means in my opinion that oligarchy is on the rise and democracy is waning.

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