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peer-reviewed research article

A new method is used to evaluate the strategic value of Fresno County farmland


Evan E. Schmidt, UC Davis
James H. Thorne, UC Davis
Patrick Huber, UC Davis
Nathaniel Roth, UC Davis
Edward Thompson, UC Davis
Michael McCoy, UC Davis

publication information

California Agriculture 64(3):129-134. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v064n03p129. July-September 2010.


Applying GIS to existing land-assessment practices can serve as a model for regional farmland conservation and land-use planning.

author affiliations

E.E. Schmidt is Recent Graduate, Geography Graduate Group, UC Davis. J.H. Thorne is Research Scientist, Information Center for the Environment (ICE), UC Davis. P. Huber is Postdoctoral Scholar, ICE, UC Davis. N. Roth is GIS Programmer, ICE, UC Davis. E. Thompson Jr. is California State Director, American Farmland Trust, UC Davis. M. McCoy is Director, Urban Land Use and Transportation Center, UC Davis.

author notes

The authors thank the American Farmland Trust, Council of Fresno County Governments, the Fresno County Agricultural Commissioner's office, the Fresno County Farm Bureau, Jerry Prieto and Caltrans for support and/or funding.