Farmers around the world have long been asking themselves whether they should sell their land for profit or for a good price.
It’s been a question for a long time, and a new study published by the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) looks at how much farmland can be sold for a reasonable price today.
The study shows that, although the land could be worth billions of dollars today, the market for agricultural land in the world today is not as healthy as it once was.
“There are very few farmers around the globe that have land for which they can sell for a fair price,” SAI President and CEO Tom Stoppelman told Quartz.
“It’s just not the case today.”
For years, farmers have been selling their land to the highest bidder.
That trend is about to change.
Agriculture is a commodity, and land is a finite resource.
Land is expensive because it’s relatively scarce and is also difficult to sell at a fair market price.
The problem is that most of the world’s agricultural land is owned by a handful of individuals, and those individuals don’t share in the profits.
In some cases, they’re actually paying the farmers to grow their crops.
This is called a “principal owner” arrangement, and farmers are often compensated through the sale of their land.
But in many cases, the farmers are not even paying a fair amount.
In the past, the principal owner arrangement has been used by the very rich, the wealthiest individuals, to buy up land at a reasonable cost.
The farmers were often the ones who were buying up land that would otherwise be used for farming, and were not benefiting from the price appreciation of the land.
The land that was being bought up was often farmland that was already heavily depleted and had not been replenished in many years.
In this situation, the price of the agricultural land was very high, and the farmer was not benefiting.
In 2017, the Agricultural Land Survey estimated that the value of agricultural land for all farmland in the United States would be $1.6 trillion by 2070, and that the current prices for farmland in this country are worth about $500 million a year.
This makes it difficult to buy farm land at fair market value.
The number of farmers who are selling their farmland for profit has grown.
But many farmers, particularly in developing countries, have no way of finding suitable land for their farms, let alone financing the purchase of their farm land.
According to the SAI, there are over 40,000 farmers in the Philippines alone, and more than 300,000 in India.
The SAI’s new report looks at where this situation is headed, and why this is important.
“Land is a resource, but it’s also a very difficult resource to acquire,” Stoppelelman said.
“And that’s something that we see with land that’s been sold for over $1 trillion.
That’s the kind of land that we’re dealing with in the report.”
The SAI estimates that there are only 2.4 million hectares of land currently available for agriculture in the country.
These lands are not accessible to farmers, and there is little incentive for them to invest in their land in order to buy it.
Stoppelerman says that there needs to be a shift in the way people think about agriculture.
“The way we think about land today, we tend to see it as something that’s for sale,” he said.
This means that farmers are buying land at the highest price possible, and they’re not paying a very good price for it.
The SAID report says that farmers need to think about the future of their farmland, and how to sell it to people who want to live and work in the area.
For instance, if farmers are selling land for less than its market value, then they could be putting themselves at a significant disadvantage in the future.
“A farmer who’s selling their property for $100,000 could be a farmer who sells their property at a market price of $10,000 or less, and would be putting their own community at a disadvantage,” Stopelelman explained.
“If the market price is $30,000, and you have an area that’s only 50 acres, you’d have a lot more problems selling the land to a buyer.”
Stoppelman also pointed out that some farmers are looking at selling their properties at market prices and taking a small percentage of the profits, which could lead to an overvaluation of the area and potentially a negative impact on the farmers who live there.
The report is based on data from the Agri-Trend 2050 (AST), an annual agricultural statistics report that has been compiled by the SAIC, the World Bank, and other global organizations.
The AST is used by many governments around the planet to track agricultural productivity and improve agricultural efficiency.
The AST has been developed over the last few years to help farmers understand their farming environment, the land around them