A survey of all county planning departments in Washington State indicated that protecting agricultural land is a major concern at the county level. Maintenance of the agribusiness sector is the main reason for protecting agricultural land, while the preservation of open space and rural lifestyles was of secondary importance. As a result, most Washington counties have implemented a broad range of farmland protection strategies. However, county governments generally have found these measures only moderately effective in keeping farmland from being converted to nonagricultural uses. As a result, there is support for an integrated, statewide program that includes farmland protection measures.