Is the grass really greener in rural America?

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March 23, 2011
The American Prospect    
Posted in PND Commentary

"Fred Stokes is a former cattle rancher who now runs a small family farm, mostly for his own use, in Mississippi. Stokes' county, Kemper, has only about 10,000 people, and Stokes, who is 76, says his small town has been shrinking; all the farmers are aging, most of the agricultural land is owned by one company, and it's almost impossibly hard to make a living as a rural American. 'I'm not one of those who wants to reconstruct the Little House on the Prairie and be overly romantic,' he says. "Mainly, I see the landscape being restructured in a very negative way."' (03/23/11)

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