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The Susquehanna T-Zone Project

The Susquehanna Transition Zone (T-Zone) project is exploring changes in agriculture and land use in urban to rural transition areas within the Susquehanna River Basin.

We are studying the potential for small and medium-sized farms to be sustainable under pressure from development, fragmented governance systems, and movement of younger generations away from traditional agriculture. We focus attention on three key transitions: 1) intra-agricultural land use change including conventional agricultural to emerging or even prevalent forms of ‘new agriculture’ (e.g., specific prevalent forms of sustainable agricultural), 2) ‘preservation’ of farmland through policy intervention (e.g., sale of land development rights), and 3) conversion from agricultural land use to residential development.

Findeis, Brasier, Kaye, Miller, Zimmerer, Weigle, Green