The Washington Post had an article this week on another long-term trend in the Southeast that will affect agriculture: the growth of cities and the potential development of a megalopolis that will stretch from as far as Birmingham AL to Raleigh NC along the Piedmont.  This article, based on a report from the US Geological Survey, indicates that the massive growth of cities along this corridor could lead to losses of 15 percent of agricultural land, 12 percent of grasslands, and 10 percent of forests, and would take the form of tract housing developments, business centers and paved roads.  You can read the story by clicking here.