- Associated Press - Saturday, May 21, 2016

SPANISH FORK, Utah (AP) - Longtime ranchers and farmers in Utah County are trying to hold on to fertile and productive lands amid encroaching development of housing and commerce in the region.

The Deseret News reports (https://bit.ly/1XvqOGM) that the county has lost much of its best agricultural land to development over the last three decades.

Now, the Utah Farm Bureau, Envision Utah and the state Department of Agriculture and Food are teaming up to find ways to preserve farmland while accommodating development.

Rex Larsen, a fifth-generation rancher and farmer, says he’s torn about what to do with his 300 acres. He wants to retire soon and none of his four children are in position to take the farm over. He’s willing to listen to development offers, but says he only wants to do something his great-grandfather would think was right.

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Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com

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