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FARM PRESERVATION

farm image States have reacted to this loss of arable land by creating a variety of laws and programs designed to encourage the preservation of traditional agricultural lands, such as farms and ranches, This report shows what some states are doing to preserve their farmlands.

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RURAL DEMOGRAPHICS

farm fieldThe following statistics are related to the demographics of rural communities in the United States. While demographics cover a wide range of considerations, for purposes of this review, the following categories were focused on: Overall population changes, age, gender, education, income/employment, race/ethnicity and health.

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SUMMIT RESOURCES

Find session resources from this year's Summit in Minneapolis, such as links to presentations, bios, handouts and videos. 

DATABASE

NCSL's Agriculture and Rural Development legislation database is a source for agriculture and rural development legislation for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. territories.

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OVERVIEW | RURAL COMMUNITIES

Approximately 1/4 of the U.S. population lives in rural areas, which encompass 83 percent of the country's land. Rural areas face challenges related to demographic changes, job creation, capital access, infrastructure, land use and environment, and community and historic preservation. State rural economic development programs tend to be targeted versions of broader state economic development strategies.

 

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    This report details how states are working to preserve and reduce the million acres of farmland that are lost each year to development.

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