Sustainable Agriculture

Bright spots in US corn production

We adopt an approach known as bright spots analysis to identify U.S. regions with surprisingly high corn yields given regional expectations, seasonal weather, and soil characteristics. These counties are regional "surprises" that, by definition, …

Past and current dynamics of US agricultural land use and policy

How has agricultural land use and land cover changed? What are the major policy shifts associated with these changes? We show that U.S. agriculture has gradually trended toward an intensely regulated and specialized system. Crop production is …