County Lines

County Lines is a new series focusing on small towns and rural communities in the WYSO listening area.  Community Voices producer Renee Wilde travels down the highways and back roads to tell stories of country life that go beyond the stereotypes.

This series is made possible by a generous grant from the Ohio Humanities Council.

 

 Since 1950 over 7 million acres of Ohio farmland have been lost to urban sprawl
Renee Wilde / WYSO

Although the term Urban Sprawl was coined in the 1930’s, by the ‘70’s, it was a hot topic, as increasingly more rural areas, and farmland, were divided up and paved over into strip malls and subdivisions.

This spreading ring around our cities where urban sprawl is happening is officially known as the Rural-Urban Fringe.  Today on County Lines, producer Renee Wilde takes us there.

Dr. Scott Hosket on farm call with pet goat Jackson and his owner Rich.
Renee Wilde / WYSO

Across the U.S., a growing number of rural communities are facing a growing veterinarian shortage, that is expected to worsen in coming years. These regions are in need of veterinarians that specialize in livestock animals and public practice.