THE ECONOMIC PAMPHLETEER: Zoning Considerations for Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture


  • John Ikerd University of Missouri, Columbia



Zoning, Farmland, Land Use, Farmland Protection


First paragraph:

Every year, about 1.2 million acres of U.S. farmland is converted to residential and other commercial uses, according to the American Farmland Trust.[1] This includes some of the most fertile farmland in the nation, as many of our major cities were originally established in fertile farming areas. With more than 900 million acres of farmland remaining, we are not likely to run out of land for farming in the near future. However, farmland conversion is clearly putting the long-run sustainability of U.S. food production at risk.

[1] American Farmland Trust,


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Author Biography

John Ikerd, University of Missouri, Columbia

John Ikerd is professor emeritus of agricultural economics, University of Missouri, Columbia. He received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri. He worked in private industry for a time and spent 30 years in various professorial positions at North Carolina State University, Oklahoma State University, University of Georgia, and the University of Missouri before retiring in 2000. Since retiring, he spends most of his time writing and speaking on issues related to sustainability with an emphasis on economics and agriculture.
John Ikerd



How to Cite

Ikerd, J. (2010). THE ECONOMIC PAMPHLETEER: Zoning Considerations for Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 1(2), 5–7.

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