There are signs retiring farmers are increasingly selling their holdings and leasing them back to release capital while continuing to earn an income.
By adding a clause into a sale, landowners can rent their holding back, while buyers can benefit from a discounted holding.
Cast-iron leaseback clauses in sale contracts were still uncommon, said agents, but a desire to continue farming was driving more such agreements.
There was, however, no evidence that depressed farm incomes and the need to service debt were contributing to the trend.
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