Use and Farmland Conversion
Impacts of AB 32 on Agriculture. Daniel A. Sumner and John Thomas Rosen-Molina.
California's Climate Change Policy: The Economic and Environmental Impacts of AB 32
October, 2010. Sacramento, CA.
The conference brought together leading economists, analysts, and executives from academia, the state government, and industry to discuss the impacts of climate change and AB 32 on the California economy and the environment. The speakers provided comprehensive, objective, and up-to-date analyses of the likely impacts of AB 32.
Presentation slides available here.
California communities deal with conflict and adjustment at the urban-agricultural edge. Alvin D. Sokolow, Sonja Varea Hammond, Maxwell Norton, Evan E. Schmidt.
California Agriculture, July-September 2010.
A comparative study of urban-related agricultural issues in four communities in two California counties.
Federal Policy for Preserving Farmland: The Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program. Alvin D. Sokolow.
Publius: The Journal of Federalism. Spring, 2010.
The evolution, finances, achievements, and intergovernmental complications of the national program that helps to fund the purchase of conservation easements on agricultural land.
Sharpening the Focus of Yolo County Land Use Policy
(October 2009, pdf, 8.3 MB) Kurt Richter.
Understanding agricultural land use in Yolo County.
Includes a field level digital snapshot of agricultural production on every field in Yolo County and the extent of agricultural land parcelization by measuring the developed land within rural Yolo County.
The Solano Agricultural Futures project
(Dec. 2007, 4 pdf files). Al Sokolow and Kurt Richter. The Solano Agricultural Futures project is a comprehensive examination of the county’s farm and ranch sector. The research focuses on obstacles and prospects for future development of the economic base of Solano County agriculture, with particular attention to the land use and the production and marketing of specific commodities and products.
A National View of Agricultural Easement Programs
Are Agricultural Easement Programs Working?
American Farmland Trust
and the Agricultural Issues Center have conducted the most
in-depth and comprehensive analysis of agricultural easement
programs undertaken in the United States. Includes the followinf reports:
- Report 1 - Profiles
- Report 2 - How
Programs Select Farmland to Fund
- Report 3 - Easements
and Local Planning
- Report 4 - Measuring Success in Protecting Farmland with
Conserving Agricultural Land through Compensation:
A Guide for California Landowners
Alvin D. Sokolow, Mica Bennett, December 2004
83 pages, 8.5 x 11, softcover
Chapter 1 - Compensatory Objectives: Public
Wants, Landowner Needs (.pdf 3235 kb)
Chapter 2 - Introducing
the Programs (.pdf 4420 kb)
Chapter 3 - Landowner
Rewards and Risks: Financial, Conservation, Family Considerations
(.pdf 3999 kb)
Chapter 4 - Financial
Rewards: What Programs Compensate Landowners (.pdf 2630
Chapter 5 - Preferential
tax Programs: The Two Versions of the Williamson Act (.pdf
Chapter 6 - U.S.D.A.
Cost-Sharing and Reserve Program (.pdf 5093 kb)
Chapter 7 - Cash for
Development Rights: The Agricultural Easement Process (.pdf
Chapter 8 - The Future
of Compensatory Programs in California (.pdf 638 kb)
Landowners for Conserving Agricultural Land
Compensating landowners is an increasingly important approach
for maintaining working landscapes, especially in the face
of urban expansion. As an alternative or supplement to government
land use planning and regulation, landowner payments recognize
the multiple public benefits of keeping farmland in the
hands of farmers. The papers included in this collection
(products of an April, 2003, conference in Sacramento) describe,
evaluate, and suggest variations in a range of compensatory
techniques, including: (1) property tax preferences for
farmland allowed by state governments; (2) federal cost-share
conservation payments administered by USDA; (3) federal
payments for the temporary retirement of cropland; and (4)
agricultural easements created through the acquisition of
development rights from landowners.
California's Future: Maintaining
Viable Agriculture at the Urban Edge
The publication provides the views of a dozen experts in
fields ranging from biotechnology to local government and
legislative policy. A concluding chapter is by Alvin D.
Sokolow, extension public policy specialist, UC Davis.
California Farmers and Conservation
Easements: Motivations, Experiences, and Perceptions in
Three Counties (pdf)
By Ellen Rilla and Alvin D. Sokolow, with the assistance
of Robin Kozloff and Cathy Lemp. Research Paper #4 in AIC's
California Farmland & Open Space Policy Series, December
the Sacramento Region, Trends and Prospects
This link provides a detailed portrait of agriculture in
the lower Sacramento Valley, and of the economic and policy
trends that are shaping its future
RESEARCH WORKING PAPERS
Factbook About our Agricultural Working Landscapes (pdf,
Edited by Alvin D. Sokolow, John Speka and Jeff Woled. Community
Studies Extension, University of California, Davis. October
2004, 34 pages.
Modeling Farmland Conversion with
New GIS Data (pdf)
Nicolai V. Kuminoff and Daniel A. Sumner use an analytical
and econometric approach, and new GIS data, to analyze the
farmland conversion process, including the effects of the
agricultural-urban edge, farm returns, real estate markets,
population growth, and development restrictions.
Conversion with New GIS Data (pdf)
Slides from the presentation by Nicolai V. Kuminoff at the
annual meetings of the American Association of Agricultural
Economists, Chicago, August 7, 2001.
Agriculture in Urbanizing
Outline of the presentation given by Alvin D. Sokolow to
the USDA Policy Advisory Committee on Farmland Protection
during the July 21, 2000 listening session at UC Davis.
Also available in pdf format from thelistening session is
Solano County farmer and rancher, Albert G. Medvitz.
Farmland, Urbanization, and Agriculture
in the Sacramento Region (pdf)
A paper prepared by Alvin D. Sokolow and Nicolai V. Kuminoff
for the Capitol Region Institute, Sacramento Regional Futures
Compendium. This paper uses recent data on land use, agricultural
production and population growth to discuss the future of
agriculture in the Sacramento Region.
| Book produced by AIC. Available in many libraries. many available for download here.
|California Farmers and Conservation Easements (2000)
|Agriculture in the Sacramento Region: Trends and Prospects
|California Farmland and Urban Pressures: Statewide and Regional
|Farmers and Neighbors: Land Use, Pesticides and Other Issues
|Resource Pressures: California's Central Valley (1991)
|People Pressures: California's Central Valley (1991)
|California's Central Valley--Confluence of Change, Proceedings
of the May & June 1990 Symposia (1990)
|Farmland and Open Space in Yolo County (1993)
|Farmland and Open Space Preservation in the Four North Bay
|Farmland Protection in the General Plan: A Comparison of
Seven Central Valley Counties (1995)
|Municipal Density and Farmland Protection: An Exploratory
Study of Central Valley Patterns (1996)
Director Alvin D. Sokolow's University of California, Davis,
Human and Community Development Faculty Webpage
Department of Conservation, Division of Land Resource Protection
Department of Conservation, Farmland Mapping and Monitoring
United States Department
AIC ISSUES BRIEFS
Farmland Conversion: Perceptions
and Realities (no. 16, 2001, pdf)
Nicolai V. Kuminoff, Alvin D. Sokolow and Daniel A. Sumner
examine both the numbers that measure farmland conversions
and the related public perceptions about the causes and consequences
of conversion--the basis of arguments about the seriousness
of the problem and its policy solutions. Also available (online
only) are two appendices to the Issues Brief describing the authors' calculations for
total agricultural land and farmland conversion.
County Right-to-Farm Ordinances
in California: An Assessment of Impact and Effectiveness (no. 15, 2001, pdf)
Matthew Wacker, Alvin D. Sokolow and Rachel Elkins perform
a comparative study of county-adopted ordinances and their
implementation in 15 agricultural counties in California's
Central Valley and coastal regions.
Management Changes and
Impacts of the 1996 Farm Act (no. 5, March 1998, html)
Warren E. Johnston and Lyle P. Schertz summarize the findings
of a 1997 panel of professional farm managers on the impact
of the 1996 Farm Act in the Sacramento Valley.
AIC QUARTERLY ARTICLES
(You may have to browse the Quarterly to find the indicated
Volume 17, No. 1, 2003 (pdf)
Conference explores farmland options
Volume 16, No. 4, 2002 (pdf)
Farmland protection provisions
Volume 16, No. 3,
Study explores conservation options for farmland
Volume 15, No. 4,
AIC joins national agricultural easement study
Volume 15, No. 2,
GIS Adds New Light on Farmland Conversion
"Edge" Document Reprinted
Volume 15, No. 1,
AIC Proposes Larger State Farmland Total
Farmland Loss is Publication Topic
Right-to-Farm Ordinances Reviewed
Volume 14, No. 4,
Conservation Easements' History in Three Counties
Volume 14, No. 3,
New Center Publication Portrays Regional Ag
The Federal Role in Farmland Conservation
State Updates Data on Farmland Conversion
Volume 14, No. 1,
First Step in Saving Regional Farmland
Volume 13, No. 4, 1999 (html)
Perceptions and Realities about Farmland Conversion
Volume 13, No. 2, 1999 (html)
New Center Volume Looks at Urban/Farmland Issues
Volume 12, No. 2, 1998 (html)
Volume 11, No. 3, 1997 (html)
AIC Rural/Urban Program
Volume 11, No. 1, 1997 (html)
California's Future: Maintaining Viable Agriculture at the Urban