Finding Solutions to Increasing Loss of Farmland

Friday, November 8, 2013

Sacramento – Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) convened a hearing of the Assembly Committee on Agriculture to examine the loss of agricultural land and potential solutions. California farmland is a scarce, valuable and largely irreplaceable resource that is being permanently converted to other uses at the rate of 30,000 to 50,000 acres per year.

“Agriculture is by far the most important industry in San Joaquin County, and the loss of farmland threatens our way of life, our prosperity and the food security of the whole country,” Eggman said. “We have a responsibility to find a balanced solution that protects farmland without stifling other growth.”