This factbook, and the October 2004 Agricultural Summit conference for which it was prepared, both approach the issue of maintaining agricultural landscape from a farmer and rancher perspective. In particular, we concentrate on economic incentives to landowners for keeping their properties in agriculture. In place of the land use planning and regulatory techniques that usually take center stage in discussions of protecting farmland, our focus is on the multiple public benefits inherent in agricultural landscapes and techniques and programs for compensating landowners for land conservation purposes.
See PDF here: A Factbook About our Agricultural Working Landscapes edited by Alvin D. Sokolow, John Speka and Jeff Woled. Community Studies Extension, University of California, Davis. October 2004, 34 pages.