Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Geography and Geology


The issue of absentee ownership of farm land has become increasingly important to the people of Nebraska. At the time of this writing, a movement is underway to seek a constitutional amendment that would prohibit further land acquisition by nonfamily-owned corporations. The movement is led by such organizations as the Nebraska Farmers Union and the National Farmers Organization. Several surrounding states, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas, already have enacted similar laws. This study examines the nature and extent of absentee farm ownership in Antelope County, Nebraska, for the purpose of assessing the impact of absentee ownership. In other words, is there a discernible difference between local ownership and absentee ownership of farm land?


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Geography-Geology and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1982, Lyle W. Hansen