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Farm Viability in Urbanizing Areas: Case Study on Berks County, Pennsylvania

Many important agricultural counties in the United States are urbanizing; and the long-term viability of farming there is in doubt despite considerable public policy efforts to retain the financial, employment, consumer, and other benefits of local farming enterprises. Focusing on 15 metro-area counties in 14 states, the study’s purpose was to identify conditions under which farming may remain viable as important agricultural counties transition to become mostly urban and suburban in land use.

Publication Name
Center for Great Plains Study Research Report
Lydia Oberholtzer and Dick Esseks
Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska
Page Numbers
Publication Date
March 01, 2008
Publication Type
Reports and Guides
Agricultural Economic Development, Agricultural Protection Zoning, Conservation Easements, Direct Marketing, Planning for Agriculture and Food Systems, Right to Farm, Transfer of Development Rights

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