April 16, 2006 - Posted at 11:39 a.m. CST
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) _ Every minute of every day, the United States
loses two acres of farmland to development.
Some farmers in the Ozarks say too much of that farm loss is
happening in their area.
Realtors at Steve Spicer Realty say large rural properties in
the Neosho area are few and far between. Most of the land tracts of
2,000 acres or more in rural Newton County have been parceled out,
or bought by a new wave of urbanites relocating to Southwest
Don Buckloh of the nonprofit American Farmland Trust says that
without planning, development will happen helter-skelter, making
farming difficult on fragmented land. Right now, Missouri is one of
20 states with no farmland protection efforts.