Farmland Preservation Programs and the Importance of Rural Amenities

Chapter in Economic and Contemporary Land Use Policy: Development and Conservation at the Rural-Urban Fringe, edited by Robert Johnston and Stephen Swallow. Resources for the Future, Washington, DC, 509 pp, 2006

Posted: 24 Feb 2016

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Cynthia Nickerson

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS)

Daniel Hellerstein

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS), Resource and Rural Economics Division

Date Written: February 22, 2006

Abstract

The analyses reported on in this chapter provide a broader and different perspective in exploring the relationship of farmland protection programs and rural amenities than previously published research. They supplement existing studies in the literature that use survey data from a limited geographic area to assess public preferences over goals or willingness to pay to protect farmland. Our findings imply farmland preservation programs may protect a wide variety of amenities. However, variation in the design of PDR programs is not easily explained by factors that are likely to characterize areas with farmland losses. This suggests that different amenities may be provided by or favored even in areas facing similar threats to their farmland bases.

Keywords: farmland protection, rural amenities

JEL Classification: Q18, Q24

Suggested Citation

Nickerson, Cynthia and Hellerstein, Daniel, Farmland Preservation Programs and the Importance of Rural Amenities (February 22, 2006). Chapter in Economic and Contemporary Land Use Policy: Development and Conservation at the Rural-Urban Fringe, edited by Robert Johnston and Stephen Swallow. Resources for the Future, Washington, DC, 509 pp, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2736649

Cynthia Nickerson (Contact Author)

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS) ( email )

355 E Street, SW
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Daniel Hellerstein

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS), Resource and Rural Economics Division ( email )

355 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024-3221
United States
202-694-5613 (Phone)
202-694-5756 (Fax)

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