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Agricultural Land

September 11, 2019, 8am PDT
The church that owns a unique parcel of agricultural land in the middle of the Denver metropolitan area is prepared to sell to a developer that plans to build a mixed-use, master planned community.
The Denver Post
January 11, 2019, 6am PST
The history of the earth since 1700 has been a history of human land use.
CityLab
January 5, 2019, 5am PST
With world population to grow by about 2 billion by 2050, and with more people eating higher on the food chain as nations develop economically, can world agriculture reduce its carbon footprint? A new World Resources Institute report shows how.
Forbes
November 22, 2018, 11am PST
Farmers around Vancouver's Agricultural Land Reserve have been building "mega-mansions" on their farmland. The province wants to limit the scale of such homes, but farmers are pushing back.
The Star
June 25, 2018, 11am PDT
New residents to formerly agricultural area are trying to shut down a hog-feeding operation, but so far without much success.
WHYY
May 24, 2018, 8am PDT
Development continues to encroach on agricultural land around the United States. A new study shows exactly how much agricultural land has been developed.
Modern Farmer
February 1, 2018, 12pm PST
Boise State University researchers have published a detailed study and online maps that lay out possible scenarios for urban growth in Idaho's Treasure Valley in one of the fastest-growing states in the Union.
Idaho Statesman
October 4, 2017, 5am PDT
The algae bloom in Lake Erie has spread to cover much of the edge of Lake Eerie near Toledo, but toxins remain low where local communities draw drinking water supply.
The New York Times
July 28, 2017, 8am PDT
We don't usually think zoning when considering farmland preservation, but Hazel Borys shares are a few thoughts that may help.
PlaceShakers
June 3, 2017, 11am PDT
Wisconsin provides a case study in the varied methods for defining rural, and why that matters. "Rural is not simple to define, perhaps because the real question is rural for what purpose?"
WisContext
September 7, 2016, 9am PDT
Joe Mathews of Zócalo Public Square views with a great deal of skepticism the urban growth boundaries the voters of Ventura County adjacent to Los Angeles County have enacted since 1995 due to the lack of infill. Another measure is on the ballot.
San Francisco Chronicle
November 20, 2015, 1pm PST
Out of sheer necessity, the state of California has embarked on a new process for regulating the use of groundwater.
Capital Press
June 10, 2014, 6am PDT
A new post by Vox includes 40 maps, charts, and graphs explain that where and how food works in America.
Vox
September 12, 2011, 9am PDT
Howard County, Maryland's Agricultural Land Preservation Program has taken advantage of the down market to purchase more than 1,000 acres of farmland.
The Baltimore Sun
Blog post
August 11, 2009, 3pm PDT

A couple of weeks ago, the South Dakota Supreme Court in Anderson v. Town of Badger held that a town had the power to grant a waiver of a distance requirement set by Kingsbury County for a CAFO. Click here for the decision.

Wait a minute. Why wouldn’t you want to live near a CAFO? What’s a CAFO? It’s not Community Association Facility Operations. It’s not Centralized Area of Fun Outside …no, it’s Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, something akin to dinner time at my fraternity house in the mid-1960s…

Dwight Merriam
August 11, 2009, 5am PDT
A new city being planned on 77 acres of agricultural land in Oregon has prompted some to question the hard difference between urban and rural as compartmentalized by the Portland area's urban growth boundary.
The Oregonian
May 5, 2009, 10am PDT
This segment form Oregon Public Broadcasting looks at the rise of wind farms in rural Oregon.
Oregon Public Broadcasting