The land use plans of some California counties are shifting from the past to the future.
The latest changes to the county’s plan come in a letter to the state, which has asked to take over the management of more than 50 percent of the state’s arable and forest lands.
The state said it has not taken over all of the arable lands, which include some in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and in other areas of the county, but will make them available for use by farmers.
County officials have been pushing to preserve the land for years, but the changes are coming at a time when they have little control over it.
A recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that more than 60 percent of California counties, including some with large arable areas, are facing a decline in arable farming.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization estimated that only 10 percent of arable farmland in California is in good condition, and that of the rest, more than half is in poor condition.
Many of those counties, such as Los Angeles and San Diego, have seen a dramatic drop in agricultural output over the last decade, particularly in rural areas that have been hard hit by drought.
Counties with arable farms are growing at a slower pace than counties with agricultural production on a per-capita basis, according to the U