New Journal Paper on regional land variation in land renting and operational holding structure

The paper "Regional land variation in land renting and operational holding structure" written by Stein T. Holden, Geir-H. Strand, Erling Berge, Espen O. Sjaastad and Håvard Steinsholt has been published in the journal KART OG PLAN.

New Journal Paper on regional land variation in land renting and operational holding structure

The paper is published as a New Journal Paper and can be downloaded here.

Abstract of the paper
Renting of farm land has increased rapidly in Norway and is involving close to 45 percent of the agricultural area currently in use. This development is a combined result of technological changes, economic transformations, agricultural policies, and legal regulations. Technological and market forces tend to push a development towards fewer, bigger, and more efficient farms. Agricultural policies and legal regulations have delayed this transformation.

Agricultural land is relatively rarely sold on the open market. This is due to legal restrictions as well as socio-cultural barriers. Land renting facilitates a more rapid transformation towards larger operational units whereby inactive owners can fulfill their legal obligation to maintain active agriculture on the land without having to sell it. It is also a mechanism giving the remaining active farmers access to more land. This study assesses the changes in land renting and farm size structure in Norway. Regional differences are addressed through case studies. The underlying driving forces behind, and possible consequences of, expanded renting of land are discussed.

Published 11. April 2018 - 13:41 - Updated 12. April 2018 - 8:23

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

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