An Urban's Rural View
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Mon May 25, 2015 04:57 PM CDT

A cross-country drive is an opportunity to do some Ag Geography 101 homework. We make the trek from Washington, DC, to Newport, Oregon, twice a year -- west in the spring, east in the fall. On previous passages we have restricted our ag studies to observing what's in the fields as we drive by. That's an interesting but inexact methodology for determining what's grown where and to what extent.

This time, I've dug into the statistics for a broader picture of how the states we're crossing compare. Driving west from Washington, DC, the first state we pass through is Virginia. ...

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