Oregon's nationally recognized farmland protection program has had some success, but the future viability of commercial farming in Oregon remains in doubt. The recent proliferation of hobby farms threatens that viability by increasing land prices and fragmenting land holdings, thus hindering the expansion of commercial farms and the consolidation of parcels into commercial farm units. To curb the growth in hobby farms, Oregon's legislature and courts have tightened the standards that govern future residential development in agricultural zones. Local governments also have recognized the hobby farm problem and appear to have improved their administration of the state-mandated farmland preservation program.
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- Geography, Planning and Development
- Urban Studies