Portland area conservation district tests new ways to stop loss of farmland

July 11, 2019by ncdea

OREGON, East Multnomah SWCD – The recently released Census of Agriculture shows that farmland is being lost in the Portland area at a rapid rate.

The depletion can be attributed to several factors, including an aging farming population and increasing land costs. Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties saw farmland lost at a rate of 1 acre every hour from 2012 to 2017, according to the census.

But the agriculture industry has developed a permanent farmland protection thanks to a deal made by the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD).

The EMSWCD closed a deal in late July that ensures 57 acres of land near Oxbow Regional Park in Gresham will be maintained as farmland.

Source: Portland area conservation district tests new ways to stop loss of farmland – Portland Business Journal

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