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Disappearing Farmland, In Oregon And Elsewhere

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Oregon's land-use laws make it harder than in most states to convert quality farmland into other uses, like residential areas. Across the country, 11 Million acres of farmland became something else between 2001 and 2016, a trend tracked by American Farmland Trust in its report "Farms Under Threat."

And Oregon's laws do not make it exempt; a forthcoming companion report from 1000 Friends of Oregon, "Death by 1000 Cuts," details what has happened in the state.

Addie Candib from AFT and Greg Holmes from 1000 Friends check in to give details on their organizations' reports.

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