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Finding Land to Farm: Six Ways to Secure Farmland
Rhode Island has the most expensive farmland in the country, reports National Public Radio's The Salt. This makes it difficult for farmers to obtain land to start farming, and it means more farmland is being developed for other uses. State officials interested in seeing the state produce more than the current 1% of its own food have come up with a program to help new farmers access land. The state buys land for its appraised value, then sells the land at a lower agricultural rate, retaining development rights. This keeps farmland in production and gives farmers an opportunity to find land that they can improve and use over the long term. The state hopes to produce half of its own food by 2060, an aim that will require more farmers.