Laramie, WY – A new analysis of Rocky Mountain agriculture finds that Wyoming lost nearly 12 percent of its farmland from 2002 to 2007.
Colorado College's 2010 State of the Rockies Report Card says Wyoming is not alone among Rocky Mountain states in its loss of farmland.
The report says farmland close to expanding urban areas and in mountain valleys is particularly vulnerable to being converted to other uses.
Report co-editor Elizabeth Kolbe says that's worrisome because the land provides open space and wildlife habitat as well as agriculture products.
The report also finds that the average age of farmers and ranchers has increased to 57 and the number of people who farm or ranch on a part-time basis is also growing.