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The effectiveness of the Special Farm Use Assessment Program in Jefferson County, Oregon - a comparative study Public Deposited

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  • Oregon's Special Farm Use Assessment program is investigated in this paper for its effectiveness in preserving farmland from urban sprawl. Basic research for this study was conducted in Jefferson County, a rural central Oregon county. Data from a similar study conducted in Washington County, an urbanizing northern Willamette Valley county, is used for comparative geographic analysis. It was found that though these counties are very much dissimilar in physical environments and population pressures, the performance of the farm use assessment program in the urban-fringe was analogous in each. Observations drawn by this and the previous research are: that most land, once it enters the program, tends to remain in; that given the opportunity, however, most landowners will sell their land for development; and that the program does provide helpful benefits in aiding the serious farmer maintain a viable farm operation. From an educational standpoint it was found that more factual information concerning the Special Farm Use Assessment program needs to be disseminated among rural landowners.
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