Survey Shows Non-Operator Landowners Care About Conservation

American Farmland Trust (AFT) released an update to its Understanding and Activating Non-Operator Landowners: Non-Operator Landowner Survey, adding additional state data that clearly shows landowners care about conservation and are willing to share in the efforts to steward their land. Around 40% of farmland in the United States is rented, with more than one-third of this land owned by women. While conservation practices are less likely to be used by renters, many non-operator landowners are unaware of conservation programs, notes AFT. This study will help inform program materials designed specifically for landowners and help improve conservation conversations between landowners and tenants.