Urbanization worries farmers

Washington County farmers say land urbanization plans would “dismember” the industry.

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Farming families in Washington County are fighting against Metro’s proposed plans to develop 33,800 acres of land for urban growth.

City leaders in Forest Grove, Cornelius and Hillsboro have argued that allowing those cities to grow onto the Tualatin Plains would give the county elbow room to attract the next Intel or SolarWorld.

But farmers say the land the cities are looking at is dusted with some of the richest soil in the state, and that it affords growing conditions that can’t be found elsewhere.

Read the full story at the Portland Tribune.

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