WOSU News Archives For: September 29, 2004

Farmland series part 1: farmland and urban sprawl

12:00AM
September
29, 2004

In Ohio, farmland is being converted to other uses at a rate of 100 acres a day. Typically rows of corn and soybeans are replaced with homes, business parks or shopping centers, urban influences extending further and further into rural areas.

Farmland series part 2: state efforts to preserve farmland

12:00AM
September
29, 2004

Ohio is losing farmland at a rate of nearly 100 acres a day and much of the most rapid urban expansion is happening in Central Ohio. One state pilot program is working to stem the trend by encouraging farmers to sell the developments rights to their land, keeping it in agriculture indefinitely.

Farmland series part 3: subdivisions meet farm fields

12:00AM
September
29, 2004

Delaware County has the fastest growing population in the state. Oftentimes, subdivisions are built right next to fully functioning farms. The close quarters have led to some unique neighborly relations.