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ERIC Number: EJ784299
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Sep
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0036-0112
Factors Influencing Farmers' Expectations to Sell Agricultural Land for Non-Agricultural Uses
Zollinger, Brett; Krannich, Richard S.
Rural Sociology, v67 n3 p442-463 Sep 2002
In this study we identify factors that influence farmers' expectations to sell some or all of their farming operation in areas where the increase in the conversion of agricultural land has been relatively rapid. Findings indicate that the following factors increase farmers' propensity to sell some or all of the agricultural operation for non-agricultural land use: perceived negative change (particularly difficulty in obtaining and retaining rental land and in purchasing land) increases the likelihood that farmers will expect the operation to become nonviable, which in turn increases the expectation to sell some or all agricultural land; lack of a child who will take over the operation; and declining profits from the operation. Factors that apparently exert little influence on the expectation to sell some or all of the farming operation include level of intrinsic rewards that a farmer experiences from his farming operation, the farmer's satisfaction with his community, and the farmer's closeness to retirement age. (Contains 1 figure, 4 footnotes and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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