YOUR TEXAS AGRICULTURE MINUTE
A growing population means a loss of ag land
By Gene Hall
Texas is changing and growing. The Lone Star State is home to more than 28 million people, and the U.S. has more than 327 million.
That’s a lot of folks. And a lot of homes, shopping centers, restaurants, stores and more.
What does the surging population mean for farmers and ranchers? A loss of land.
In fact, the U.S. loses about 175 acres of farmland every hour, mostly due to the expansion of urban and suburban areas, according to the American Farmland Trust.
That’s about three acres of farmland lost per minute. It can’t be replaced once it’s gone.
We need this land and our farmers and ranchers to pursue modern agriculture. That land and the people who work it grow our food, conserve water and preserve wildlife habitat.
That’s good for the land and good for Texas. And that’s also good for you and me.
The preceding commentary is brought to you by Texas Farm Bureau, the “Voice of Texas Agriculture.” Called “Your Texas Agriculture Minute,” TFB will issue thought-provoking editorials each week—via print and audio—to spark understanding of agriculture in the Lone Star State and its impact on each and every Texan.
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