Land use policy january 1989 29 land policy in the united states conclusions this article has attempted to outline the current scope of land use policies in the united states as pointed out the us lacks a coherent explicit policy towards land use and development instead of u de jure national level land use policy the us has a de facto land use policy based on a myriad of federal programmes . Land use and land use change have important economic and environmental implications for commodity production and trade soil and water conservation and other policy issues the ers major land uses mlu series is the longest running most comprehensive accounting of all major uses of public and private land in the united states the us land area totals just under 23 billion acres. Agricultural policy of the united states is the governing policy for agriculture in the united states and is composed primarily of the periodically renewed federal us farm bills in a new agricultural policy for the united states authors dennis keeney and long kemp summarize the agricultural policy of the united states as follows because of its unique geography weather history and . The major land uses mlu series is the longest running most comprehensive accounting of all major uses of public and private land in the united states the mlu series contains acreage estimates of major uses for the us regions and states beginning in 1945 and published about every 5 years since through 2012 the annual cropland summary table has been consistently maintained since 1910 . Organisation of spatial and land use planning in the united states generally local governments have a large degree of autonomy to control land use within their jurisdictions states typically grant them the authority to pass ordinances and regulations as long as they do not conflict with other laws furthermore all states give municipalities the power to enact zoning regulations in 15
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