In order to encourage the adoption of sustainable practices on leased farmland it is important to understand the factors that affect a farmer’s decisions regarding agricultural practices. The articles and reports provided below are largely sociological examinations of the factors affecting the adoption of conservation practices. Some are specific to leased farmland while others take a broader approach. Links are provided where available.
- Margaret Grossman, Leasehold Interests and the Separation of Ownership and Control in U.S. Farmland, in PROPERTY AND VALUES: ALTERNATIVES TO PUBLIC AND PRIVATE OWNERSHIP 119 (Charles Geisler & Gail Daneker eds., 2000).
- FRANK CLEARFIELD, USDA, SOIL CONSERVATION SERVICE, SOCIOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF THE ADOPTION OF CONSERVATION PRACTICES (1986).
- DAYTON LAMBER ET AL., USDA, ECONOMIC RESEARCH SERVICE, CONSERVATION-COMPATIBLE PRACTICES AND PROGRAMS, WHO PARTICIPATES (Feb. 2006).
- J. Arbuckle, Non-Operator Landowner Interest in Agroforestry Practices in Two Missouri Watersheds, 75 AGROFORESTRY SYSTEMS 73 (2009).
- Peter J. Barry et al., Professional Farm Managers’ Views on Leasing Contracts and Land Control: An Illinois Perspective, 16 JOURNAL OF THE ASFMRA 15 (1998-99).
- Michael S. Carolan, Barriers to the Adoption of Sustainable Agriculture on Rented Land: An Examination of Contesting Social Fields, 70 RURAL SOCIOLOGY 387 (2005).
- Allen Douglas & Dean Leuck, Contract Choice in Modern Agriculture: Cash Rent versus Cropshare, 35 JOURNAL OF LAW AND ECONOMY. 397 (1992).
- Douglas Constance, Landlord Involvement in Environmental Decision-Making on Rented Missouri Cropland: Pesticide Use and Water Quality Issues, 61 RURAL SOCIOLOGY 577 (1996).
- Edward Cox, A Lease-based Approach to Sustainable Farming, Part II: Farm Tenancy Trends and the Outlook for Sustainability on Rented Land, Drake Journal of Agricultural Law (Spring 2011).
- Allen M. Featherstone and Barry K. Goodwin, Factors Influencing a Farmer’s Decision to Invest in Long-term Conservation Improvements, 69 LAND ECONOMICS 67 (1993).
- Evan Fraser, Land Tenure and Agricultural Management: Soil Conservation on Rented and Owned Fields in Southwest British Columbia, 21 AGRICULTURE AND HUMAN VALUES 73, (2004).
- Linda K. Lee, Land Tenure and Adoption of Conservation Tillage, 38 JOURNAL OF SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION 166 (1983).
- Linda K. Lee and William H. Stewart , Landownership and the Adoption of Minimum Tillage, 65 AMERICAN JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS 256 (1983).
- Peggy Petrzelka, Engaging Absentee Landowners in Conservation Practice Decisions: A Descriptive Study of an Understudied Group, 64 JOURNAL OF SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION 94A (2009).
- Meredith Soule, Land Tenure and the Adoption of Conservation Practices, 82 AMERICAN JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS 993 (2000).
- Sonya Salaman, Family Factors Affecting Adoption of Sustainable Systems, 52 JOURNAL OF SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION 265 (1997).
- J. Arbuckle, Non-Operator Landownership and Conservation, presented before the Iowa Land Tenure Working Group (April 28, 2011).