Report Highlights Need to Safeguard Southwest Ag Land

American Farmland Trust’s (AFT) new report Farms Under Threat 2040: Choosing an Abundant Future calls attention to the need to protect food-producing agricultural land in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada. AFT research has shown that by 2040, nearly 1.5 million acres of farmland may be lost to urban and low-density conversion across these four states. This loss, together with water availability constraints heightened by extreme drought, could dramatically impact food production in the region. AFT calls for smart growth choices and farmland protection to help keep productive agricultural land providing food, jobs, and additional benefits.