Colorado has lost more than a million acres of agricultural lands since 1997, that according to a new report published today by Environment Colorado Research and Policy Center.
The report states that nearly 700 acres of agricultural land are lost every day, the equivalent of 5 family farms per week. Mesa County is classified as a county with high quality land and increased development. Farmers say growth has to be done smartly, with planned sub–divisions, not single trophy homes which eat up acres of land.
The report adds that if nothing is done to curb this problem, Colorado will lose 3M acres of agricultural lands by 2022.