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Rural Blog: Appalachian coal production, jobs at lowest levels on record, EIA report says

Coal production in the U.S. has reached its lowest level since 1986, according to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The region hit the hardest is Appalachia, where production is at its lowest level since 1978, the year EIA began collecting data, Jodi Delapaz reports for Agri-Pulse. (EIA graphic: Average number of employees by mine type) Coal production in 2015 was down 10.3 percent...

South remains most obese part of U.S.,
annual report says; Kentucky ranked 12th

To view an interactive version of this map, click here.   The South remains the fattest part of the country, according to the 12th annual State of Obesity report released this week by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Arkansas leads the way with an adult obesity rate of 35.9 percent. West Virginia is second, at 35.7 percent, followed by Mississippi, 35.5...

Rural Blog: A ‘Quiet crisis’ is confronting agriculture as farmland continues to decrease

(Graphic from Census of Agriculture)   The amount of U.S. farmland is decreasing at a rapid rate, “with the country losing three acres of farmland every minute,” at a time when experts say more land will be needed to grow enough food to feed the world, reports Agri-Pulse, a Washington newsletter.   The recently released Census of Agriculture reports that American farmland dropped...