09/04/2012 04:55:00 PMJim Offner
I wish I understood from this article exactly how Oregon's land use laws are hurting the orchard industry. Restrictions on rural residential development help to keep farmland affordable so orchardists can expand and also reduce their exposure to neighbors and complaints about spraying and other accepted farm practices. Lot line adjustments also allow for orchards to expand or contract. Yes, it can be hard to sell off small acreage plots for residential development in hard times, but if it were easier, where would the overall industry be? There would be even fewer commercial operations left.
Oregon Land use laws regarding farm land are outdatted and don't consider modern operations. The neighbors aren't the problem, state and federal agencies are the big issue for farm operators. Most agencies are strong anti farm groups who are focused on their issues only,they don't see the overall damage done by extreme regulation. Visit Jackson County Oregon and look at the damage done to the pear industry and agriculture in general.