Rapid Decline in Farmland

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
New maps from the California Department of Conservation show that 29,000 acres of farming and grazing land were developed or otherwise taken out of use between 2000 and 2002. Agricultural production in the six-county area is a $1.1 billion dollar industry. The demand for land to build new housing is almost unprecedented. More than 1,200 acres of farmland were developed during that 24-month period in and around Woodland, Davis and West Sacramento. In Placer County, about 5,400 acres were developed or set aside for other non-agricultural uses. The Sacramento region’s drop in ag land represents about 14% of California’s total acreage lost to farming for those two years.