The Virginia Agricultural Model was developed in an effort to map important agricultural areas in Virginia based on suitable lands, prime farmland soils and historic farm resources. DCR-DNH collaborated with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS - USDA: http://soils.usda.gov/gallery/state_soils/) and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/) in model development.
As development pressure continues across the state, remaining resources are being irretrievably lost to development. Agricultural resources contribute to the economy and to a sustainable way of life. Conserving important agricultural resources and prime farmland is imperative as the threat of exurbanization increases.
The development of a GIS model to delineate where agriculturally valuable lands exist serves as a guide to local government, consultants, and developers. The model also serves as part of a larger green infrastructure plan, which aims to model where Virginia's conservation priorities are located to facilitate an integrated approach to planning and development. For information on the Virginia ConservationVision and the Green Infrastructure Modeling effort, please visit the Virginia ConservationVision website at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/vaconvision.shtml.
To access the Virginia Agricultural Model Technical Report, click here.
For more information about the Agricultural Model, please contact Jason Bulluck at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-786-8377.
Page last updated 2/11.