Farmland Preservation Policies in the United States: Successes and Shortcomings

University of Pennsylvania Departmental Papers, 2004

By: Department of City and Regional Planning University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Daniels

Farmland Protection

This departmental paper from University of Pennsylvania notes the disconnect between the farm income-oriented policies of the federal government and the land-use and growth management policies of state and local governments, and the challenge of getting the latter to engage in farmland protection efforts. The paper examines the top five leading U.S. counties in farmland preservation and draws out lessons for planners from their successes and shortcomings.