Methods of renting land in Missouri, with some common forms of lease
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The rapid growth of tenancy in this country during the past few decades makes this subject one of the leading agricultural problems of the day. This growth is a natural one. When a country is new, land can be obtained very cheaply, or even from the government without cost, and it is but natural that most persons wishing to follow farming should become owners of land. As the country becomes more settled, and as free land disappears, the values of land rise so that it becomes increasingly difficult to acquire it. On the other hand, those who have already acquired it have often either retired, gone into other business, or taken up farms in newer sections of the country, but still retain their land as an investment. From the speculative standpoint there are a few land owners who invest solely with a view of its rise in value, leasing it in the meantime. This class of landlords is a very minor one, however, as is shown by the returns of the Census of 1900, in which this was the object of a special study. This investigation was carried out to study the existing conditions as to: the division of returns between landlord and tenant under different systems of rental; the forms of lease in effect at present; and some suggestions as to a satisfactory readjustment necessary to a successful system of tenancy.