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Preserving the Land for Agriculture

Preserving productive agricultural lands is extremely important as it provides a reliable and consistent source of agricultural commodities and helps protect this primary industry, food producers and the communities they serve. Our society relies on farmers and ranchers to produce the foods that keep us healthy by providing everything from nutritious fruits and vegetables to animal products like meat and cheese as well as other consumer staples such as feed for livestock and even fuel for producing electricity with ethanol extracted from grain crops grown on these lands, for this, our farmers need to utilize all the tools available on websites like to help them run their farms easier.

Therefore it is important to note that for many of North America’s most productive farmlands to be preserved in perpetuity requires that they be retained in private ownership and that no single group or government maintain total control of land ownership nor have the power (directly or through regulations) to prohibit their sale and development for other purposes in the future when and if market conditions warrant it. On the other hand the large amount of undeveloped and often marginal farm land and rural land in un-developable areas such as steep slopes and deep river valleys and streams as critical for ecological services and also serve as a significant legacy of our history.

Protecting our remaining important historic landscapes is also an integral part of ensuring the continued availability of agriculture production and other sustainable economic activities for future generations in a sustainable manner well into the future outside of cities in the rural areas where they reside and continue to rely on farms and ranches to provide the products they need and eat today as well as the natural beauty that they all enjoy as part of their heritage.

While there is a limit to the amount of fertile and productive soils that are capable of being cultivated in North America an additional strategy that can help sustain and expand this important sector of our economy is through the development of unused and potentially mineral rich “marginal ” areas that are currently used for other purposes – for example conservation zones/buffer areas along rivers as a protection against flooding and/or erosion as well as environmentally sensitive corridors. While most tend to think of these areas as being forested or not capable of developing into economically valuable resources they do contain non-renewable natural resources that are an important component of many parts of the country’s natural heritage and can once again be developed and farmed if permitted to do so.

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