Owners of farmland today are a varied group. We divide them into two major categories: those who farm their land (owner-operators) and those who do not (non-farming landowners). Non-farming landowners are made up of private, institutional and public landowners. These include farm inheritors, educational institutions, conservation organizations and municipalities, to name a few. 98 percent of farm landlords in the U.S. are not farmers. Of the 20,000 landowners who lease land for farming in New England, 88% are non-farmers.
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