U.S. farmland fell last year, and industry experts say we’ll regret losing growers

USDA numbers show American farmland fell by nearly 2 million acres last year. The data shows inflation and the rising cost of doing business have been the main drivers. Industry experts warn without local farms, we will become dependent on other countries.

“The minute you start pushing out local producers, that food has to come from somewhere, and you cannot guarantee that those regulations are the same because your food is coming from somewhere else, and they are not held to the same standard that your local producers are held to,” said Pam Lewison.

Lewison says farming can sometimes get a bad rap, but reiterates that local farmers will always be reliable.