Sustaining Agriculture in Urbanizing Counties: Insights from 15 Coordinated Case Studies

January 2009

By: Anita Zurbrugg, Mark Lapping, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Farmland Protection | Food Systems

This report addresses the conditions under which farming may remain viable in areas that are subject to substantial development pressures, by examining 15 metro area counties across the U.S. Chapter 3 discusses land-use policies applied in the 15 counties that shaped the supply of farmland and profitability of farming, highlighting successes in seven of the counties studied. Other farmland protection strategies examined include agricultural use-value assessments and right-to-farm protections. The report closes with seven policy recommendations for promoting farmland protection and farm viability in metro areas.

Five detailed case studies from the 15 counties studied are available on the Farmland Information Center's webpage.