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dc.contributor.authorLavigno, Bethany Leigh
dc.description.abstractGeorgia is the fourth fastest growing state in the United States with population growth of twenty-three percent from 1990 – 1999. This growth is creating development pressures on Georgia’s farmland, yet Georgia has no specific farmland preservation program. This thesis is designed to investigate whether a Georgia farmland preservation could be successful. To determine the demand for this type of program, a citizen survey was conducted to estimate the potential budgets a private voluntary, public voluntary, and a public mandatory program could generate. A farmer survey was conducted to establish the median and regional values for farmland development rights and to estimate the potential supply of farmland for a preservation program. It was determined that both a state and a privately organized farmland preservation program would be viable in Georgia. The privately organized farmland preservation program might work better in North Georgia, where there is the greatest population pressure.
dc.subjectWillingness to Accept
dc.subjectWillingness to Pay
dc.subjectFarmland Preservation
dc.subjectDevelopment Rights
dc.subjectOrdered Probit Model
dc.titleIs there a private market for a farmland preservation program in Georgia?
dc.description.departmentAgricultural Economics
dc.description.majorEnvironmental Economics
dc.description.advisorJeffrey H. Dorfman
dc.description.committeeJeffrey H. Dorfman
dc.description.committeeBarry Barnett
dc.description.committeeJohn Bergstrom

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