In Montana, houses are replacing farmland

Read the full story in High Country News.

Loose land-use laws and rising real-estate prices are allowing commercial development to chip away the farmland around Missoula, Montana. So a bunch of residents went to Vermont, to see what they could learn from a state that has elevated protecting farmland to an art. What they learned, writes Erika Fredrickson, is that it requires clear and strong protection policies at the state level, cooperation among rural and urban communities, and financial support from third-party outfits like land trusts.

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