Ag News: Absent Landlords
**The majority of rented farmland is owned by landlords who don’t operate farms, and a subset, known as absent landlords, don’t reside in the local farming area.
That’s according to a new report from USDA’s Economic Research Service.
The study finds the prevalence of absent landlords was consistently higher in areas with lower rents and land values and weaker indicators of local economic development.
The study also found no statistical association between the percentage of absent landlords and the acres utilizing conservation tillage or no-till farming practices.
**The Produce Marketing Association is bringing the industry back together, IN PERSON, in Monterey, California, for the Foodservice Conference July 21-22.
According to www.thepacker.com, as the foodservice industry rebounds from a year of COVID-19 disruption, PMA will provide a venue for foodservice operators to find supply partners.
With safety still a top priority, PMA will be utilizing global and local guidelines and industry-specific standards and recommendations to create an event that ensures meaningful connections in a safe, socially distanced way.
**Availability of COVID-19 vaccines for farm employees has been increasing in a number of California’s rural counties.
Farmers have joined with local health agencies and nonprofits to sponsor vaccination clinics, and to encourage their employees to receive the vaccines.
A Fresno County supervisor says the vaccine has had “wide acceptance” among farm employees.