Iowa farmland loss to development

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In the last 20 years, more than 11 million acres of US farmland have been converted, fragmented or paved over by development projects, according to a new report by the American Farmland Trust.

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Farmland loss near metro areas continues to be a problem across the US. In this photo from 2011, new homes replace farmland in Dallas County, Iowa, as suburbs of Clive and Waukee grow on the west side of Des Moines.


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