Forty percent of the farmland in Treasure Valley has been lost to development over the last 40 years.
And a new study by Boise State University shows that 110,000 to 240,000 more acres in the valley will be lost to development in the coming decades.
Now a recent poll for Idaho Politics Weekly finds that three-fourths of all Idahoans are concerned about so much farmland coming out of production and being turned into subdivisions and commercial space.
Pollster Dan Jones & Associates finds:
-- 75 percent of Idahoans are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about the loss of farmland and the accompanying urban sprawl.
-- 23 percent are not worried about it.
-- And 2 percent don’t know.
Politically speaking, there is not much difference in the opinions of Republicans, Democrats and independents on this subject:
-- Republicans are concerned about the loss of farmland, 72-26 percent.
-- Democrats, 76-23 percent.
-- And political independents, 79-21 percent.
But there is a difference in one area – education.
Jones finds that those with only a high school education are concerned about farmland loss, 77-20 percent.
While those with a graduate degree from a university or college – like a Masters, PhD, or law degree – are less concerned about farmland loss, 63-37 percent.
Jones polled 619 adults from November 8-15. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.94 percent.