Today the American Farmland Trust released the most comprehensive assessment of the state of American farmland. “Farms Under Threat: The State of America’s Farmland” studies the loss of farmland from 1992-2012. During this time, almost 31 million acres of farmland was lost due to development and expanding urban areas; 11 million of which was the best quality agricultural land. This report is the first step in a multi-faceted initiative that will also analyze farmland loss by state, assess future threats, forecast impacts at the county level, and recommend effective policies that help conserve agricultural land. With this study the American Farmland Trust and its partners hopes to raise awareness of the importance of farmland for the economy, its impacts on and solutions to climate change, and the urgency to sustain farmland for future generations.
Read the Executive Summary