New Developments in U.S. Land Use Data Collection and Analysis: Implications for Agriculture and Rural Land

New Developments in U.S. Land-Use Data Collection & Analysis: Implications for Agriculture and Rural Land
Oct. 16-17, 2007

A collaboration of Farm Foundation and USDA Economic Research Service, this workshop was designed to increase awareness of new developments in land-use data collection as it applies to agriculture and rural land, examine opportunities and challenges for land-use modeling and other analyses, and identify priorities for future data collection and research work. An executive summary has a prepared.

The October 2007 workshop was one of three examining relationships between agricultural production and resource and environmental quality, to broaden understanding of the economic, environmental and distributional impacts of agri-environmental programs. Other workshops focused on indicators of the effectiveness of domestic agri-environmental policy and international agri-environmental indicators compatiable across countries.

Workshop Objectives
Mary Bohman, USDA Economic Research Service

Workshop Objectives:  Ruben Lubowski, Shawn Bucholtz and Vince Breneman, USDA Economic Research Service

Land Use Data and Agriculture
ERS Land Use Data for Policy Analysis: Past, Present and Future
Ralph Heimlich, Agricultural Conservation Economics

Satellite Imagery at USDA
Glenn Bethel, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

Session 1: Survey-Based Land-Use Inventories
Analysing Changes in Agri-Environmental Conditions Using the National Resources Inventory (NRI/CEAP)
Jeffrey Goebel, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Forest Inventory and Analysis
Brad Smith, USDA Forest Service

Luncheon Speaker:
Seeing the Elephant: Multi-Disciplinary Measures of Urban Sprawl
Gerrit Knaap, National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, University of Maryland

Session 2: Research Presentations I—Survey-Based Data
Modeling the Spatial Distribution of Land Uses with National Resources Inventory Data
Andrew Plantinga, Oregon State University

Forestry Inventory and Analysis Research
David Wear, USDA Forest Service

Session 3: Administrative Data
FWS Wetlands Database and Wetlands Status and Trends
Mitch Bergeson, U.S. Geological Service

Common Land Unit
Ted Payne, USDA Farm Service Agency

Session 4: Research Presentations II—Administrative Data
Profiling Expiring CRP Acres Through the Use of the Common Land Unit Database
Shawn Bucholtz, USDA Economic Research Service

Session 5: Remote-Sensed Data
Land Cover Mapping Activites at the U.S. Geological Survey
Jonathan Smith, U.S. Geological Survey

The 2007 Cropland Data Layer
David Johnson, USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

Session 6: Research Presentations III—Remote Sensed Data
Modeling Land Use with USGA Data
Terry Sohl, U.S. Geological Service

Cropland Data Layer Use in Forecasting Crop Production and Harvest
George Muehlbach, Deere & Company

Luncheon Speaker:
Satellite Views of Urbanization, Net Primary Production and Human Demand for Food and Fiber–Can the Earth Keep Up?
Marc Imhoff, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA

Session 7: Modeling Environmental Impacts of Land Use
Protecting Watershed Ecosystems Through Targeted Local Land Use Policies
JunJie Wu, Oregon State University

Development and Application of a Regional and Local Land Cover for Evaluating Bird Habitat and Conservation Impacts
Megan McLachlan, Playa Lakes Joint Venture, and Ryan Reker, Rainwater Basin Joint Venture

Session 8: Land Use and Bioenergy Potential
Spatial Contours of Potential Biomass Crop Production and Competitive Land-Use Threats
Frank Howell, Mississippi State University

Wrap-Up Panel: Next Steps for Land-Use Data Collection and Modeling
Kathleen Bell, University of Maine
Glenn Bethel, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
Ralph Heimlich, Agricultural Conservation Economics


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