Farm Viability in Urbanizing Areas

American Farmland Trust (AFT) have partnered with Dick Esseks and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to release a report regarding the long-term viability of agriculture in counties that are becoming increasingly urban. The report, titled Farm Viability in Urbanizing Areas, explores which public policy efforts have been effective in retaining the spectrum of benefits provided by local agriculture.
The report is comprised of 15 county level case studies from 14 different states, and is arranged into chapters covering production inputs, marketing, farmland protection and outlook for the future.
The target audience for the release includes planners, the agriculture community, conservation/environmentalists, and smart growth advocates.


EDITOR’S NOTE: The report aims to sustain the USA’s diminishing urban edge farms, which are rapidly becoming urbanized. The report studies local policy and a number of case studies to see how these policies support farms.


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