ERIC Number: ED106025
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Rural Land Use: Patterns and Proposals for Reform.
Erickson, Ronald P.
In a world where the population is increasing at an annual rate of 76 million, where food is in short supply, and where agricultural production is one of our largest capital generating sources, U.S. agriculture and the land base supporting it are vital. Rural America has been losing land at a rate of one and a half million acres a year due to soil erosion; subdivision, park, and recreational developments; new and reforestation projects; and the uncontrolled and unplanned quality of the U.S. growth ethic. Premiums on high energy requirements, "Green Revolution" technologies, spin-offs of urban limitations, and aggregations of rural land and capital have also contributed to the loss of farmable lands. Important rudimentary steps which must be taken include: (1) a National Land Inventory (assessment of: land potential; present and future energy requirements; reclamation; soil classification; crop yield value; and crop impact on the labor force, energy, and environment); (2) a freeze on the use of farm land for nonfarm purposes; and (3) efforts to influence the way land is owned and used (corporate legislation; extension of the Sherman-Clayton Act to cover agriculture; modifications of the current tax structure to prevent "tax-loss" agriculture relative to environmental conservation). (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rural Housing Alliance, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Rural America (1st, Washington, D.C., April 1975)