Changes in Land Quality Accompanying Urbanization in U.S. Fast-Growth Counties

A comparative study of 135 fast-growth counties in the 1970s and 115 similar counties in 1980s was conducted to evaluate the impact of urbanization on cropland quality. Results indicated that urbanization did not have a direct effect on improving the quality of cropland bases. However, the results showed that land converted for agricultural use were more productive than those conventional agricultural land.

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Author: 
Ralph E. Heimlich and Keneth S. Krupa
Publisher: 
Ankeny, IA: Soil and Water Conservation Society
Page Numbers: 
367-374
Publication Date: 
August 1, 1994
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