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.