Research Bulletin (Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station)


This study was made to determine whether family relationships and farm activities within family groups affect the tenure situations and occupational experiences of farm operators.

Farm people have always wanted to own the land they operate. They have thought that farm ownership would bring prestige, an end to moving about, freedom to improve the home and farm, greater profits or a chance to retire. For these reasons, and possibly others, most farmers have tried to climb the agricultural ladder2 as rapidly as possible.3 Recently another phase of farm tenure has become more important. Many farmers fear that next year, or the year after, they may be without a place. There aren't enough farms to go around to all who want them.4 Because of different tenure circumstances, some farmers suffer from this insecurity more than others.



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