Date of Award

5-1-2011

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

M.S.

Keywords

Statistical spatial analysis, downsizing of farms, Colorado

Department

Geography

Abstract

Statistical spatial analysis was used in this research to assess the factors contributing to the downsizing of farms as well as overall farm size choice in Colorado. The areas of research focus will be the spatial effects and the economic landscape[SRH1] . This work will challenge the common belief that large, corporate farms are swallowing up small farms in a consolidation effort. Further, the analysis will quantify and visualize the status of agricultural lands in Colorado. The research will help to inform the theoretical understanding of agricultural decision processes within the context of economic and spatial factors.

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