Excerpts from the report: Transfer data tell us who controls the land and the value of land. These data can also alert us to prospective changes in land use. Such information can be used to assess the general economic condition of rural areas, establish and evaluate farm aid programs, and plan rural economic development programs. We can also find from the data the methods used to transfer land, such as voluntary sale or forced, and the level at which each occurs, possible indicators of the economic condition of the area. The overall rate of exchange, important in examining land market activity between locations or between time periods, indicates how rapidly changes in the structure of ownership may be taking place.