Latest Agricultural land use News

State approves solar farm, lodge at Saddleback ski resort

Jan. 14, 2021 1:47 PM EST

A planning commission in Maine has approved the construction of a solar farm and a new large lodge at the Saddleback Mountain ski resort, which reopened in December. The state Land Use Planning Commission approved zoning changes on Wednesday to allow the ski resort to build a new lodge and a 30-acre solar farm...

Somali immigrants closer to owning 30-acre farm in Lewiston

Jan. 3, 2021 3:18 PM EST

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A group of African immigrants that leased 30 acres of land to operate a cooperative farm in Lewiston is one step closer to owning the land. The group that leases the land off Outer College Street is the recipient of two grants totaling $80,000. That means the New Roots Cooperative...

Land Use Board: Oregon recreation trail must be reconsidered

Dec. 31, 2020 11:32 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The farm impacts of a recreational trail southwest of Portland in Yamhill County weren’t properly analyzed, so the project must be reconsidered, according to a state land use board. County officials failed to comply with a prior order to “make specific factual...

Iowa average farmland value increases 1.7% in past year

Dec. 16, 2020 2:21 PM EST

AMES, Iowa (AP) — The value of Iowa farmland increased by an average of 1.7% in the past year despite severe weather, trade uncertainty and the coronavirus pandemic, according to the annual Iowa Land Value Survey. The survey, led by Iowa State University economics professor Wendong Zhang and released...

State grant preserves 168-acre Ottawa County family farmland

Dec. 5, 2020 9:46 AM EST

CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A parcel of land in western Michigan is among the latest to be preserved as farmland while Ottawa County's population continues to grow. Jim Klein’s farm in Chester Township has been in his family since the 1860s. And it will stay in the family, thanks to a state grant...

New solar project to power 11K homes in Washington state

Dec. 1, 2020 9:33 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A public utility company in Washington state has announced a partnership to develop a new solar project near Richland that would generate enough electricity for more than 11,000 homes, officials said. Energy Northwest will partner with Tucci Energy Services to build the 300-acre...