Farmland in Michigan is currently more valuable for building superstores and subdivisions than growing corn or strawberries because global markets pay little for the state’s farm products. But a new crop of innovative farmers is making money and keeping land in agriculture. Writers Patty Cantrell and Jim Lively explain how communities can help their farmers switch to profitable markets and reap the many benefits of working farmland. Cantrell is director of Entrepreneurial Agriculture for the Michigan Land Use Institute. Lively is the Institute’s Smart Growth Planner.
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