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Kentucky

Kentucky, The Bluegrass State

Kentucky became known early on as a good place for farming. Associated quite often now days with horse racing, it’s no wonder that livestock makes up 66% of the state’s agricultural output. A percentage of which is horse breeding.

While home to the United States’ first commercial winery, Kentucky is more famous for whiskey distillation and as such, barley is one of the many crops grown in this state.  Tobacco is another well know crop grown here and while not covering the most acres, it is the biggest legally grown cash crop in the state.

According to US Census data from 2000-2010, while the state population continues to grow in the Golden Triangle area (the area around Lexington, Louisville, and Northern Kentucky), roads seem to be the only saving grace for some rural areas. As highways corridors have attracted growth from factories.

Counties in the east & west of the state were the hardest hit, losing on average 5% of their population.

Images from Kentucky

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