Evaluation of USDA’s Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) Through Surveying a Random Sample of Owners of Agricultural Land Whose Development Rights Were Sold in Part through the FRPP
The Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) is protecting active farmland and helping farmers to reinvest in their agricultural enterprises consistent with the program’s design and purpose. This research report presents some of the significant findings from a 2005 survey of recipients of FRPP funds. The study was sponsored by the American Farmland Trust and conducted by Dick Esseks of the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).
Between June and December 2005, UNL’s survey research arm, the Bureau of Sociological Research, interviewed a total of 422 owners of land whose development rights had been sold in part through the FRPP. These respondents came from a random sample of 613 that was drawn from as complete a census as was possible of owners of FRPP-protected land.