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What does it take to grow a sheep herd in coal country?


September 3, 2017

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Across rural areas of southwestern Pennsylvania, there is an ambitious movement to bring back an industry that residents have long considered on the decline.

A new $3.5 million program — funded half by federal grant money that is matched by state and local agencies — is targeted not at reopening the vacant coal mines and closed power plants dotting the region. Rather, it is being ploughed into the pastures and agricultural fields that thrived decades before the first load of coal was brought to the surface.

The money is directed at nurturing places like Jamison Farm...

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