Based on extensive research, the report, Losing Ground: The Future of Farms and Food in Missoula County, documents how the County has lost some 29,000 acres of agricultural land to other uses since the mid-1980s. That’s the equivalent of 3 football fields every day over 25 years.
Losing Ground lays the factual foundation for implementing a multi-pronged and community-wide strategy that will strengthen our food security and agricultural legacy. Based on the findings, CFAC is working to secure policy recommendations, including the creation of Agricultural Cornerstone Areas that will be prioritized for protection and the passage of agricultural resource standards that will mitigate the impacts of development.
Losing Ground is available to download as a Full Report (PDF) or Executive Summary (PDF). You can also listen to a commentary on Montana Public Radio (skip to minute 22:55) or read articles from the Missoulian and Missoula Independent.