This study employs two methods to assess utilization of agricultural land. The first combines soil capability data with property assessment data and applies specific suitability criteria to get a sense of agricultural land utilization in all Basin-Boundary municipalities and electoral areas. The second detects agricultural lands based on remotely sensed data collected from satellite and air photo sources, with additional suitability criteria also applied. The second analysis was intended as a pilot project and is therefore limited in geographic scope. Our study has the additional advantage of considering the value of underutilized lands—an important factor in determining feasibility for agricultural use.
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