County farmland loss considered minimal

Increasing crop yieldscontinue to offset recent farmland loss due to urbanization in NorthCounty and throughout California.

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October 26, 2000, 12:00 PM PDT

By California 2000


According to the 1996-98 Farmland Conversion Report http://www.consrv.ca.gov/dlrp/FMMP/fmmp_98rpt.htm ) produced by theCalifornia Department of Conservation ( ) , increasing crop yieldscontinue to offset recent farmland loss due to urbanization in NorthCounty and throughout California. While Southern California lost 30,306acres to urban growth in 1996-1998, nearly 25% more than the previoustwo years, the use of high yield crops has allowed farmers to maintaineconomically viable productions.Despite the overall statewide loss of 43,000 acres of agricultural landbetween 1996-1998, the California Institute for Rural Studies http://www.cirsinc.org ) found a 10% increase in harvested cropland inthe state since 1992 due to the fact that more land is now being usedfor growing crops instead of as pastureland.

Thanks to California 2000 Project

Tuesday, October 17, 2000 in North County Times Escondido-Oceanside-Vista

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