Oregon losing farmland fast

By Oregon Family Farm Association,

Oregon has lost more than 660,000 of farmland since 2017, a decrease of 4 percent, second only to Washington in the loss of agricultural property among Western states, and that has some land conservationists concerned, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting. The state has more than 35,000 farms and ranches, but that’s down 5.5 percent in recent years, according to the 2022 USDA’s Census of Agriculture. Greg Holmes, an executive with 1000 Friends of Oregon, described the rate of farmland loss in Oregon as concerning.

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