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Protecting Agricultural Lands
Many parts of Southeast Michigan’s rural areas contribute to both the state’s and the region’s agricultural economies. However, farming in Southeast Michigan has been diminishing over the years. A significant reason for this decline is the direct and indirect effects of urban development. Many communities in the region that still have extensive farming operations face the dilemma of how best to sustain a strong agricultural production system, while addressing the demand for development.
Success in protecting agricultural land is dependent on creating the appropriate planning options that will result in a balanced development pattern. For a community seeking to protect agricultural lands, the focus should be limiting development in predominantly agricultural areas and providing for development away from prime agricultural lands.
Specific benefits include:
Tools to Protect Agricultural Land
For more information on state farmland preservation efforts, please contact the Michigan Department of Agriculture.