Much of the Wasatch Front was once farmland. In fact, Davis County, wedged between the Great Salt Lake and the Wasatch Mountains, has some of the most fertile soil in the country. The trouble is, most of that rich farmland is now under concrete and asphalt.
Utah has lost farm acreage equal to the area of the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined over the past 40 years to housing and commercial development. That's a sad situation that poor planning over the decades has allowed to happen. Urban sprawl should have been restricted and controlled, but such a vision has only recently received any attention at all. And for many counties in Utah's urban megalopolis of the Wasatch Front, it's nearly too late.
That's why the Legislature should pass SB46, which Sen. Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City, calls the Agriculture Sustainability Act.