Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 1999


Published in Great Plains Research 9 (Spring 1999). Copyright © 1999 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


Holding Our Ground is an ambitious attempt to help private landowners and communities devise strategies to protect farmland from poorly planned development, or sprawl. Daniels and Bowers articulate the importance of farmland to communities and persuasively advocate balanced growth that includes a dynamic role for agriculture. The authors are seasoned practitioners who have experienced the socio-political dynamics that make farmland protection a challenging task. They appreciate the value of farmland as an economic asset providing an attractive landscape as an associated benefit, and they emphasize the importance of agriculture as an industry that both relies on and supports an infrastructure of secondary businesses.