USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has sent surveys to learn more about the challenges of land ownership. Manager of the NASS Economic and Environmental Survey Section Sheila Corley says the TOTAL survey asks a variety of questions. “It’s important that we hear about the type of rental arrangements you have, the information you’re gaining as a landowner and what benefits you’re receiving so we can get a clear picture of what land ownership looks like and what rental arrangements look like coming across farm land,” said Corley.
According to Corley, more data will be available this year versus previous years. “We normally survey landowners at the beginning of January to get information on income, debt, and expenses,” said Corley, “That sample size is normally around 30,000. Because this data is so important and we only get it over 10 years, we bumped the sample size up. We’re going to publish data in 25 states and normally we only publish in 15 and then do a U.S. total.”
A total of 80,000 surveys have been distributed and the final results are expected in August of this year.