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Agrihoods: Development-Supported Agriculture
A feature from the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting reports that residential development is causing loss of valuable farmland in the Midwest. Conservation easements, used in other states to protect farmland either permanently or in the short term, have gained little traction in the Midwest. Local government policies to protect open space and agricultural land uses are also uncommon in the Midwest. The region could adopt farmland-protection models in use in other regions, notes this report, including offering tax incentives for keeping land in agricultural production and developing "agrihoods" that combine limited residential development with active farms.