Farmland Values Project
Total Value Assessment Tool for Farmland (TVAL-Farm)
 

The Land Evaluation and Site Assessment (LESA) model was developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for communities to evaluate and compare agricultural lands (visit http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/lesa/ for more information). The Land Evaluation component incorporates information related to the landís soil resources. The Site Assessment components include non-soil factors related to agricultural use of land, factors related to development pressures, and other public values for the site. Our study augments the standard LESA model with additional public values for farmland as gathered by the focus groups, survey, and community mapping project components of our project, including scenic beauty and cultural heritage. This augmented LESA model is referred to as the Total Value Assessment Tool for Farmland, or TVAL-Farm.

 

 


   Focus Group Participant
 
     
     
Areas of Concentrated Benefit
(Rank Importance Model)
Areas of Concentrated Benefit
(ChoiceModel)
Areas of Concentrated Benefit (Rank Importance Model)
Areas of Concentrated Benefit (ChoiceModel)
Areas of highest value (5) from the Rank Importance TVAL-Farm Model.
Areas of highest value (5) from the Choice Model TVAL-Farm Model.
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Areas of Concentrated Benefit
(Results from Both Models)
     
 
Areas of Concentrated Benefit  (Results from Both Models)
 
 
 
Overlay of highest value areas (5)
from both the Choice Model and Rank
Importance TVAL-Farm Models.
     
 
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