Chris and Sara Guerre are among a growing number of farmers who have made the choice to rent land to farm instead of buy because of increasing property values.
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December 31, 2013 Across the country, there's a wave of interest in local food, and a new generation of young farmers wants to grow it. But many aren't buying land. Instead, they're renting it.
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Retired farmer Joe Govert looks at a parcel of family land near Tribune, Kan. It has been enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program.
December 22, 2013 Over the past decade, the government has been paying farmers to keep their land covered with native grasses instead of crops. But as grain prices have risen, the conservation reserve has shrunk by more than 25 percent. This decline in native grasslands means more soil erosion and less habitat for wildlife.
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Farm equipment and grain silos are silhouetted against a setting sun near Farmingdale, Ill.
November 14, 2011 As demand for offices and other developments has weakened, rising commodity prices have made farmland more valuable — turning some sites that were planned for buildings back into fields for crops.
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