Agricultural Buffers at the Rural-Urban Fringe: An Examination of Approval by Farmers, Residents, and Academics in the Midwestern United States

Landscape and Urban Planning 69(2004): 299–313

By: , Olin Anderson, Sarah Lovell

Farmland Protection 

This article from the journal Landscape and Urban Planning asks whether agricultural buffers can help mediate conflicts between households and working farms on the rural-urban fringe. It surveyed stakeholder approval of three different buffer types (no buffer, basic buffer, and extensive buffer), finding greatest approval for extensive buffers, and suggests that buffers may provide more than their documented environmental benefits in the agricultural landscape.