Development As A Threat To Farming

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Photo by Mike Shelton
"You cannot stop development, that's the first thing that you have to understand. You're not going to do anything that's going stop it. I mean, in central Ohio, in my opinion, the family farm's done. The way I look at it, I'm the last generation. I come from about six generations that have farmed the same place. And, I'm at the point, I'm no longer competitive in the land market, so I can't buy any of the land around me. Every big tract of land in Harrison Township in the last, at least, fourteen months or year and a half was either sold to a developer or a real estate agent who has come in and told the owner, 'O.K., I can guarantee you $3000 an acre if you lot it off.' "

Roger Fawcett, Harrison

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The state of Ohio is losing 400 acres of farmland a day to development.
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