Aerial view of large solar panel installation in rural area in Indiana.

Solar Production Threatens Fertile Farmlands

Solar installations are causing soil erosion and raising concerns among farmers in some of the nation’s most productive agricultural regions.

April 30, 2024 - Reuters

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Maine Law Promotes Smart Growth

New state legislation encourages cities to plan around ‘smart growth’ principles to preserve farmland and open space, and use infill development to build more housing.

April 17, 2024 - Maine Public

Aerial view of farmland patchwork in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Auditor: Toronto Greenbelt Changes Favored Developers

A series of hasty removals of land from the protected Greenbelt last year were pushed through without environmental or financial analysis.

August 18, 2023 - The Globe and Mail

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How Arizona Is Preparing for the Coming Water Shortage

Arizona will lose one-fifth of its water allotment from the Colorado River in 2022 as cuts from the river's Drought Contingency Plan take effect.

May 5, 2021 - Arizona Republic

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Deal Will Preserve Valuable S.F. Bay Area Open Space

Land in the Coyote Valley in San Jose, California, will be protected in a move that ends over three decades of development battles.

November 12, 2019 - The Mercury News

While Commodities Sink, Solar Power Rises on Farmland

Some of the nation's new clean energy capacity is being built on land that formerly grew crops. The sun, quite literally, is worth more than peanuts.

April 14, 2016 - Bloomberg

Control of Farmland—City Style

Farm land ownership matters on the edges of metropolitan areas, where farmers can find lucrative markets for their products and yet, with ever escalating land prices, face daunting odds in securing land to grow on or even to get started.

February 11, 2015 - Rooflines

Growing Concern over Loss of Canada’s Best Farmland

Amid data showing a dwindling supply of prime Canadian agricultural land, a commencing study seeks to strengthen preservation policies.

November 18, 2013 - The Globe and Mail

Northern California Farmers Decry $14 Billion Water Plan

Norimitsu Onishi reports on the major rift caused by a proposed plan for twin 35-mile tunnels to take water from the Sacramento River to large corporate farms and densely populated regions in Central and Southern California.

August 14, 2012 - The New York Times

Farmland Sale Sparks Protests in China

Since Wednesday, Chinese farmers have been protesting the sale of over 800 acres of farmland to developers. The scene, writes Andrew Jacobs, is not entirely uncommon lately as concerns over environmental justice build.

September 24, 2011 - New York Times

Down Market is Prime Time for Preservation

Howard County, Maryland's Agricultural Land Preservation Program has taken advantage of the down market to purchase more than 1,000 acres of farmland.

September 12, 2011 - The Baltimore Sun

Urban Agriculture Craze Boon to Farmers in Japan

Japan's yard-less city dwellers are increasingly drawn to "weekend farming" plots rented from commercial farmers on the urban fringe. Could it help the country's struggling agriculture sector? Kenji Hall reports.

December 6, 2010 - Los Angeles Times

California's Budget Undercuts Climate Change Policy

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger cultivates the image of a climate change warrior. But the state budget he signed this week portrays very different priorities.

July 30, 2009 - California Planning & Development Report

Agricultural Land, Permanently

25 farmers in Fairfield County, Ohio are attempting to prevent future development by preserving their farmland in permanent agricultural use.

June 19, 2009 - The Columbus Dispatch

Rising Costs of Farmland Affecting Suburban Growth

As farmland prices skyrocketed, so did the cost of growing a suburb.

June 15, 2009 - New Geography

San Antonio Saves The Trees

Officials in San Antonio say they've closed a legal loophole that allowed developers to clear trees for ranching or farming.

April 8, 2009 - San Antonio Express-News

Land Use Reform Tops China Agenda

China's government has announced major changes in property rights for farmers, giving them the ability to 'lease, exchange, or swap' their plots.

October 21, 2008 - The New York Times

Minnesotans Split Over Sod Farmland

Ham Lake, Minnesota, residents are torn over the best way to preserve the rural character of their St. Paul suburb.

May 26, 2008 - Star Tribune, Minneapolis-St. Paul

Developed Agricultural Land May Become 'The Next L.A.'

Farmland in Central California's San Joaquin County is replaced with development more than any other county in the state -- a wasteful pattern that could create the "next L.A.", according to a new report.

March 11, 2008 - The Stockton Record

A Glimpse of California's Past

Travel a few miles outside of Santa Barbara and you’ll encounter a truly rare scene – rare for coastal California in the year 2007, that is.

April 3, 2007 - Diana DeRubertis

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