Farmland Values Project
about the project

While both farmers and consumers value farmland as a source of income and agricultural productivity, additional farmland benefits accrue primarily to non-farmers as economic, social, and environmental benefits. This project develops a quantitative assessment tool to help rural populations in Western North Carolina better understand the forces and opportunities that affect them by identifying the multiple types of benefits that farmland provides in our region. This tool will help communities recognize the spatial interplay among the economic, social, and environmental factors in their region and thus assist them and policy makers in directing farmland preservation and rural development efforts in a manner that is both socially desirable and economically efficient.

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The project is supported by the National Research Initiative of the USDA Cooperative State Research,
Education and Extension Service, grant number 2005-35618-1567.