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Jorie Emory: Saving Nevada County’s farmland with agricultural conservation easements

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Here within the Sierra Nevada foothills, the wants of native farmers and ranchers are altering and our agricultural lands are in danger.

Across the state, California loses roughly 40,000 acres of farmland annually, and this pattern is affecting us proper right here within the Yuba and Bear River watersheds. More and extra, native landowners are feeling the stress to subdivide or convert their land from agriculture to different makes use of, like business or residential improvement.  The Nevada County Food System Assessment, printed in 2020 by the Nevada County Food Policy Council, recognized that defending and increasing agricultural land is a key technique for creating extra neighborhood well being.  According to the evaluation, the county wants virtually 20 occasions the acreage presently used to develop fruits, greens and nuts to satisfy present client demand. To deal with these challenges and shield our native farmlands, Bear Yuba Land Trust makes use of a software referred to as an agricultural conservation easement. This resolution presents monetary incentives to landowners and peace of thoughts that native agricultural lands might be protected without end.