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Title: Agricultural Land Values and The Value of Rights to Future Land Development
Publisher: Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press , Publication Name: Land Economics

We investigate the influence of future land development on current agricultural land values. From a theoretical model of land markets, we derive a reduced-form expression for agricultural land values in terms of observable variables. This result dictates the specification of our econometric model and we find strong support for the model in an application to New York State. The estimated model, together with a spatial interpolation algorithm, is used to generate a surface of estimated development rights values for Orange County. This approach overcomes several problems that arise with the use of standard appraisal methods to value conservation easements.Air Max 95 Essential

Date: Thursday, February 1, 2001 , Author: Andrew J. Palntinga and Douglas J. Miller , Page Numbers: 56-67
Nid: 29726
Title: Agricultural Land Values Under Urbanizing Influences
Publisher: Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press , Publication Name: Land Economics , Date: Saturday, February 1, 1997 , Author: YueJin Shi, T.T. Phipps, D. Colyer , Page Numbers: 90-100
Nid: 29729
Title: Agricultural Landowners and Women Operators
Publisher: Northampton, MA: American Farmland Trust

This fact sheet provides statistics about agricultural landowners and women operators in the U.S.

Date: Friday, March 1, 2013 , Author: Jennifer Dempsey , Page Numbers: 2
Nid: 1983911002
Title: Agricultural Mitigation Case Studies: Program Summaries and Stakeholder Perspectives from Seven Western Communities
Publisher: Missoula, MT: University of Montana School of Law

This report attempts to answer questions asked by the community of Missoula County, Montana, including: how well different types of mitigation are working on the ground; how to calculate a value for conserved lands; how to ensure responsible management of conserved lands; and how mitigation works alongside voluntary land protection measures. The Land Use & Natural Resources Clinic at the has gathered information from seven western communities engaged in regulatory protection of agricultural lands. The subject communities use a variety of approaches from land acquisitions or set asides, to fees‐in‐lieu, to a blending of these tools. We attempted to gather information that speaks to the questions currently raised by Missoula County stakeholders, and we sought input from various stakeholder perspectives such as local planners or officials, land trusts, agricultural interests, and developer interests. 

The goal of this report is to provide a range of examples from communities that have taken action to conserve agricultural lands. The examples highlighted in this report are inextricably linked to the circumstances unique to the economy, climate, population density, agricultural capacity, etc. of each individual community. Not all of the strategies or techniques provided in this report are applicable to, or feasible for, Missoula County. However, by taking into account the many perspectives and the advice provided by different stakeholders in communities that are undergoing this type of effort, Missoula County is better situated to move forward in tailoring subdivision regulations that adequately address the requirements of Mont. Code Ann. § 76-3-608(3). This report supplements an earlier clinic report entitled Agricultural Protection in Montana: Local Planning, Regulation, and Incentives.Men's Tops

Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 , Author: Michelle Bryan, Martha Williams, Andrea Collins, Jordan Fitzgerald, Katelyn Hepburn , Page Numbers: 42
Nid: 1983911499
Title: Agricultural Production and The Optimal Level of Landscape Preservation
Publisher: Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press , Publication Name: Land Economics , Date: Monday, February 1, 1999 , Author: R.J. Brunstad, I. Gaasland, E. Vardal , Page Numbers: 538-546
Nid: 29727
Title: Agricultural Programs and Cropland Conservation, 1975-1981
Publisher: Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press , Publication Name: Land Economics , Date: Saturday, February 1, 1986 , Author: R.E. Heimlich , Page Numbers: 174-181
Nid: 29743
Title: Agricultural Property Tax Relief: Tax Credits, Tax Rates and Land Values
Publisher: Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press , Publication Name: Land Economics , Date: Wednesday, February 1, 1989 , Author: J.E. Anderson and H.C. Bunch , Page Numbers: 13-22
Nid: 29739
Title: Agricultural Protection in Montana: Local Planning, Regulation, and Incentives
Publisher: Missoula, MT: University of Montana School of Law

The State of Montana has a unique constitutional provision that reflects our state’s agricultural heritage, requiring that the Montana Legislature “protect, enhance, and develop all of agriculture.” The Montana Code is filled with a myriad of legislative enactments aimed at this very goal, including provisions in our planning and subdivision statutes. Within the parameters of these statutes, local governments work on the difficult task of shaping development opportunities while protecting valuable agricultural lands and heritage.

This report starts by explaining that local governments are both required and empowered by state law to mitigate impacts to agriculture during subdivision review. This report also recognizes that a robust agricultural protection program must include incentives that can be used alongside mandatory agricultural mitigation.Nike Jordan Melo Shoes

Date: Saturday, September 1, 2012 , Author: Michelle Bryan Mudd, Nathan Stone, Michael Bybee, Zaal Ramhormoz, Brad Dickson , Page Numbers: 64
Nid: 1983911500
Title: Agricultural Research, Education, and Extension in the 2007 Farm Bill
Publisher: Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service , Publication Name: CRS Report

Congress is currently considering a new multi-year farm bill to govern U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs, including those in the Department's Research, Extension, and Economics (REE) mission area. The administration, the land grant university system, and a congressionally authorized task force have put forth proposals to make major changes to the structure of the REE mission areal. The farm bill research title that the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy and Research approved in May 2007 reflects some aspects of these proposals in that it calls for unified annual budget for the REE agencies, establishes an Agricultural Research Institute to help coordinate intramural and extramural research and extension activities, and creates a National Institutre for Food and Agriculture, supported by mandatory funds, to administer all competitive grants. The report will be updated as the 2007 farm bill progresses.SNEAKERS

Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2007 , Author: Jean M. Rawson , Page Numbers: 5
Nid: 34619
Title: Agricultural Sustainability and Smart Growth: Saving Urban-Influenced Farmland
Publisher: Miami, FL: Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities

The sustainability of American agriculture begins with the land. Farmland closest to our cities and towns is among the nation’s most productive and important for a variety of economic, environmental and aesthetic reasons. The sustainability of the nation’s agriculture is being progressively compromised as this land is lost to sprawling development. The rate of farmland loss is accelerating as public policies exaggerate the competitive edge that development has over agriculture. Federal farm policy, in particular, does little to help farmers in urban-influenced areas. States and local communities are leaders in adopting innovative approaches to farmland protection as an integral smart growth strategy. But their efforts suffer from too little investment and a lack of the political will to regulate sprawl. Successful farmland protection programs exist, however, that combine substantial financial incentives to landowners with effective land use regulation. Funders can help sustain agriculture in urban- influenced areas by encouraging more of these "hybrid" programs. Changes in national agricultural policy are also needed that both recognize the important contribution of urban-influenced farms to American agriculture and retain these lands in agriculture as a critical bulwark against the spread of urban sprawl.Nike

Date: Sunday, April 1, 2001 , Author: Edward Thompson, Jr. , Page Numbers: 12
Nid: 38216
Title: Agricultural Uses and Zoning
Publisher: Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina , Date: Friday, May 1, 1998 , Author: David W. Owens , Page Numbers: 3
Nid: 31714
Title: Agricultural Vision and Economic Innovation for Suisun Valley
Publisher: Northampton, MA: American Farmland Trust , Publication Name: AFT Publication

In response to challenges to Suisun Valley’s agricultural industry, the County of Solano (the County) with financial support of the Suisun Valley Fund (the Fund), a joint venture of the City of Fairfield and Solano Irrigation District (SID), hired American Farmland Trust (AFT) to help the farm community articulate a vision of agriculture and identify ways to achieve that vision. Toward that end, AFT facilitated a nine-month long, farmer-driven public input process, including individual meetings and two listening sessions; researched and wrote 10 case studies based on successful models from around the country; and developed a strategic outline for implementing recommendations on how to sustain and enhance agriculture in the Suisun Valley. This work will contribute to the University of California, Davis (UCD), project, Solano County Agricultural Futures: An Economic Focus, which is assessing the future of agriculture for the entire county. It is hoped that both the AFT and UCD reports will become integral to the development of a General Plan Update for Solano County now in progress.Nike & Jordan Performance Reviews & Release Date

Date: Thursday, March 1, 2007 , Author: American Farmland Trust , Page Numbers: 37
Nid: 32251
Title: Agriculture - Rural Land Preservation
Publisher: Norm Berg

Material for a panel discussion of the Western Region District Conference of the National Association of County Planning Directors in Palm Springs, California.Adidas

Date: Thursday, February 9, 1978 , Author: Norman A. Berg , Page Numbers: 15
Nid: 31272
Title: Agriculture and the Environment: A Study of Farmers' Practices and Perceptions
Publisher: DeKalb, IL: American Farmland Trust , Publication Name: AFT Publication

American farmers face economic constraints in producing their crops, public pressure to produce safe foods, and environmental concerns over soil erosion and water quality and protection of wildlife habitats. The overall objective of this study was to provide information that would help strengthen public and private programs for achieving more economical use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. For this purpose, almost 500 farmers in five diverse parts of the country were interviewed during 1989 about their current farming practices and their opinions regarding proposed policies for promoting practices that economize on chemical inputs.adidas

Date: Thursday, February 1, 1990 , Author: J. Dixon Esseks, Steven E. Kraft and Lucy K. Vinis , Page Numbers: iii, 157
Nid: 30625
Title: Agriculture and the Rural Economy: Urbanization Affects a Large Share of Farmland
Publisher: Washington, DC: USDA Economic Research Service , Publication Name: ERS Agricultural Economic Report

Although actual urbanized area accounts for only 2.9 percent of the U.S. land base, urban influence affects about 17 percent of the Nation's agricultural land. Local, State, and Federal governments have increased their efforts toward preserving agricultural lands and their associated rural amenities.Air Force 1 Foamposite

Date: Saturday, July 1, 2000 , Author: USDA Economic Research Service , Page Numbers: 1-7
Nid: 29660
Title: Agriculture and Water Quality
Publisher: DeKalb, IL: American Farmland Trust , Publication Name: Center for Agriculture in the Environment Working Paper

The United States Environmental Protection Agency now considers pollution from all diffuse sources to be the most important source of contamination in the nation's waters (USEPA, 1997). These pollutants cause dramatic changes in hydrology and water quality that result in a variety of problems. Hydrologic impact due to urbanization is reported to cause water quality problems such as sedimentation, increases temperatures, habitat changes, and loss of fish population. There is widespread recognition that these problems are caused by increased runoff volumes and velocities from urbanization and associated increases in watershed imperviousness. Imperviousness represents the imprint of land development on the landscape. The second aspect of urbanization that contributes to urban stormwater pollution is the increased discharge of pollutants. Oil, grease, landscape practices, construction, illicit connection, leaking sanitary sewers and countless other aspects of daily life in urban areas contribute to polluted runoff (NRDC, 1999, Chap. 2). The degradation caused by urban stormwater pollution is serious, and affects a significant proportion of the nation's population. The most dramatic consequence of increases in the volume and rate of stormwater runoff is flooding, property damage and erosion.

With the spread of development and intensified agricultural practices across watersheds, pollutant runoff, nonpoint source pollution and unmanaged development have become the greatest threats to drinking water sources (TPL, 1997, p.5). From small towns to big cities to entire states, there is a growing recognition that land conservation may be the best and cheapest way to guarantee drinking water supplies. Watershed development does not necessarily have to be synonymous with the degradation of aquatic resources. When new growth is managed in a watershed context, homes and businesses can be located and designed to have the smallest possible impact on streams, lakes, wetlands and estuaries. In the watershed protection approach, communities can apply basic tools that guide where and how new development occurs. Watershed planning has provided several municipalities the opportunity to consider all the resources in the watershed as a single, interrelated system.Nike KD

Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2000 , Author: Anna Barrios , Page Numbers: 17
Nid: 28572
Title: Agriculture in Conflict: Right-to-Farm Laws and the Peri-Urban Milieu for Farming
Publisher: Ankeny, IA: Soil and Water Conservation Society , Publication Name: Sustaining Agriculture Near Cities , Date: Thursday, January 1, 1987 , Author: Mark B. Lapping and Nels R. Leutwiler , Page Numbers: 209-218
Nid: 30514
Title: Agriculture in the Sacramento Region
Publisher: Davis, CA: University of California Agricultural Issues Center

The future of agriculture in the Sacramento region (El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties) is being shaped by trends in land use, in agricultural markets and in technology. These issues were the theme of the February 14, 2000 forum, “Agriculture in the Sacramento Region,” sponsored by the UC Agricultural Issues Center and the Green Valley Initiative (a coalition of business, agricultural and environmental interests organized to promote open space conservation in the Sacramento region). In preparation for the conference, AIC research produced a statistical “portrait” of the region’s agriculture. That report, updated as a result of the conference, constitutes Chapters 1-4 of this publication. Chapter 5 takes a different, and less statistical, approach, summarizing the context contributed by speakers at the forum. Those quoted include scientists, economists, resource agency managers and, not least, farmers and ranchers speaking for important sectors of agriculture in the Sacramento region. The information presented in these chapters is useful for any informed discussion of the fate of farmland and open space in the lower Sacramento Valley.New Balance

Date: Friday, September 1, 2000 , Author: Nicolai V. Kuminoff, Alvin D. Sokolow, Ray Coppock , Page Numbers: 55
Nid: 29674
Title: Agriculture, Urban Development and The Public Domain in The Rocky Mountain West
Publisher: Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press , Publication Name: Land Economics , Date: Thursday, February 1, 1979 , Author: J.A. Diemer , Page Numbers: 532-536
Nid: 29754
Title: Alameda County Planning Department: Survey of County Winery Regulations
Publisher: Alameda County

Alameda County Planning Department staff surveyed eleven other counties in the state to obtain a sampling of how these jurisdictions regulate wineries. The attached matrix contains the results of the survey.Air Force 1 Low Flyknit

Date: Monday, June 14, 2004 , Author: Planning Department , Page Numbers: 6
Nid: 39127