The growth of non-commercial farming in Oregon's Willamette Valley: assessing impact on commercial agriculture Public Deposited

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  • The effect of increasing numbers of non-commercial farms, or hobby farms, on commercial agriculture is examined through a comparison of Census of Agriculture data for the years 1978 and 1982. During this time, State Land Use Goal #3, mandating the protection of farmland, was firmly in place and exclusive farm use zoning had been adopted by most counties. The objective of this study is to gain some insight into the success of Oregon's farmland protection program as a means of maintaining land in agricultural use. The study area encompasses ten Willamette Valley counties, the 'heart' of commercial farming in Oregon. Although the data shows that large tracts of commercial farm land have been maintained in agricultural use and commercial farms remained economically viable during the study period, increasing fragmentation of the land base may pose a serious threat to future resource production. Information on where new hobby farms are locating is important to assessing the success of Goal #3.
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