Analysis Of The Von Thunen Model

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Register to read the introduction… that they produce are becoming a bigger and bigger presence. “There are 9 farmer’s markets in the area, and I would say about 50% of that produce comes from urban farmers producing our “other” agriculture products.” (E. Barret, personal communication, July 14, 2014) The Von Thunen model holds true as these urban farms are small but the land is used intensively. These areas have high labor, energy, and fertilizer costs and the emphasis is on products for the local market, which are usually highly perishable, making their quick movement to the market vital. The agricultural landscape also supports the Von Thunen model as you see larger, more extensively used farms for crops and livestock the further you go from bigger cities. You can’t drive for 15 minutes in any direction without seeing some kind of farming or agricultural operation.
The importance of agriculture in the county may appear rather minor when you look at the specific contribution to the gross county revenue. However, other yardsticks may present a different picture. According to the Ohio Department of Agriculture website, one in every seven Ohioans are employed in an aspect of agriculture. (Ohio Department of Agriculture. (n.d.) A significant portion of the land in Mahoning County is devoted to
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The increasing age of farmers (now 58, was 54 in 2002), the loss of farmland, and the environmental issues associated with the GM products and “super farms” are issues that Ohio and Mahoning County farmers face. It cost a lot to get into farming these days. When you combine that with the long hours and low returns on investments, you won’t see a lot of young people choosing farming as their livelihood. These disincentives may spell trouble for Mahoning County, Ohio, and the United States in terms of food production for the future. (Keiffer,

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