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.
Agriculture and the Rural Economy: Urbanization Affects a Large Share of Farmland
ERS Agricultural Economic Report
USDA Economic Research Service
Washington, DC: USDA Economic Research Service
July 01, 2000
Reports and Guides
Farmland Protection Overview, Land Use Changes