Adaptation to climate change via adjustment in land leasing: Evidence from dryland wheat farms in the U.S. Pacific Northwest Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2018 Land leasing is a possible climate adaptation where risk is shared. We investigate how climate affects dryland wheat farmland rental patterns in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Using farm-level agricultural census data, we study the relationships between climate and leasing arrangements. We find that increases in precipitation reduce leased land and increase the use of cash-rent leases, while increases in precipitation variability reduce the prevalence of cash-rent leases. Using medium and high greenhouse-gas emission-based climate projections we predict that, by 2050, leased acreage will decline by 23% and, respectively 29%.

published proceedings

  • Land Use Policy

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhang, H., Mu, J. E., & McCarl, B. A.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Zhang, Hongliang||Mu, Jianhong E||McCarl, Bruce A

publication date

  • December 2018