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The Status of Working Lands in Wisconsin: Current Trends and Future Policies
Research Reports No. 18, October 2006
by Jeremy Foltz and Alan Turnquist

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Despite their importance, both agricultural and forest lands are on the decline. Decreased profitability of working lands, population growth, increasing land prices, and decreases in housing density have all contributed to losses in and fragmentation of agricultural and forest lands. These land use changes have lead to increasing concerns by the public over the future of Wisconsin’s working lands. It has also led to policy initiatives aimed at stemming their loss. This research report analyzes data on the current state of land use, demonstrates trends in statewide land use over the past five years, and highlights key regional differences in those trends.

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