Well, I was reading the Flint Journal today and I saw an add from the Journal promoting the paper. It was about a staff writer, Ron Fonger. In his bio at the bottom, he states that he owns "10 acres, most of which is farmed by a neighbor." Here is the definition of usufruct as I understand it. Of course there are no details about his arrangement with his neighbor, but I suspect it is a generous arrangement. Why wouldn't it be?
In a town, in a part of the country, I often assume lacks the kind of progressive ideas (or what I assume are progressive ideas), I am regularly reminded of my assumptions and stereotypes and prejudices. In Fonger's case of usufruct, it is most likely little more than a neighborly act, though again I am assuming. After all, the text is for an advertisement. But I'm going to stay with my dream, that Fonger does this as a neighborly act, and little more. Ultimately, this is more about me, my assumptions and prejudices, and as something gets pointed out to me, brought to my attention, I will see it everywhere. And in this case, I hope it's true.