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AgFax.com - Looking At The Facts: Rural America In A Growing Urban World

Small-town Bourg near New Orleans boasts sprawling houses and luxury shops, including a motel for pets — it has become a pretty typical model of modern urban sprawl.  But Bourg’s history, and what long-time residents would still say that keeps this parish thriving, is agriculture.
 
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“On the Texas High Plains, for example, agriculture accounts for roughly one-third of the economic output and employment,” said Hudson, also a professor at Texas Tech University’s Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.
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