Combining Spatial and Survey Data to Explain Participation in Agricultural Land Preservation Programs

The factors influencing participation in both purchase of development rights and transfer of development rights farmland preservation programs are analyzed using data from a survey of agricultural landowners and from spatial data on individual farms collected using GIS for four Maryland counties. Generally, the likelihood of participation increases with farm size, growing crops, if a child plans to continue farming, eligibility and the share of income from farming. Landowners closer to the nearest city were less likely to join. Survey information about landowner characteristics and local selection committees may aid in targeting efforts.

Author: 
Lori Lynch and Sabina J. Lovell
Publisher: 
Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press
Page Numbers: 
259-276
Publication Date: 
May 1, 2003
Literature Category: 
Articles