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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1962. Department of Agricultural Economics.


Copyright 1962, the author. Used by permission.


The objectives of this study are: (1) To estimate the effects upon the net income of tenants and owner-operators, on case farms of given sizes and types, as land is converted from the productionof grain to grass under an easement program; (2) to estimate the costs to tenants and owner-operators arising from the change in non-land investments as land is converted from the production of grain to grass; (3) to estimate the effects upon the net income of landlords under this program; (4) to estimate the incentives that landowners of the case farms have to participate in a cropping easement program; and (5) to estimate the cost of the Government of reducing production under this program.

It is recognized that a Federal cropping easement program would have impacts of much broader scope than the objectives indicate. A larger study, of which this is a part, is addressed to the measurement of these impacts.This work represents a pilot phase, using empirical data from 12 case farms located in Gage County, Nebraska. It is intended that this study will suggest procedures, and indicate certain possibilities to guide further work that can have broader significance.

Advisor: Howard W. Ottoson