Farmland Preservation

Citizens and state and local leaders are concerned with the amount and location of land available for farming. Beyond the need for food production, the reasons for preservation include reducing the cost of infrastructure and amenities associated with providing open space.[7]

Special treatment of agricultural land is usually sought through traditional land use controls such as zoning and subdivision, with special modifications. For example, exclusive agricultural zoning, which does not allow any other uses, may be effective. However, while the goal preserving farmland is clear, problems may arise if farmers find the zoning too inflexible and economically unacceptable. Should farmers bare this cost so that the public may benefit from more farmland and open space?

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