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New Report Sounds Alarm for Action on US Ranchland

American Farmland Trust released Farms Under Threat 2040, a data analysis that paints a dire picture of what could happen if action is not taken to safeguard US farmland. According to the report, every day from 2001 to 2016, the nation lost or compromised 2,000 acres of agricultural land. Projections show that from 2016 to 2040 the US will do the same to 18 million acres of farmland and ranchland if action is not taken, culminating in a total of more than 24 million lost acres. However, the report offers cities solutions to save up to 13.5 million acres through the practice of smarter, safer growth. AFT’s report features a web mapping tool that identifies where agricultural land has been converted into urban areas and highlights varied solutions that center on community efforts and managing urban sprawl. Landowners can secure conservation easements, and land developers can restore urban communities. Citizens can support local land trusts, buy locally produced foods, and take part in local government decisions. Read more HERE.

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