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Northwest Farming on the Decline

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the state of Washington lost over 1,000 farms since the beginning of 2007.

USDA officials say the decrease is the result of farms being sold and consolidated for businesses that are not agricultural. At the start of 2008, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California combined for 170,800 farms. That is a two-percent drop in just one year.

Washington's farmland remained stable at 15.1 million acres, but the other three states each lost 100,000 acres.

On a national level, the number of farms dropped 0.6 percent and total farmland decreased by 1.5 million acres.