By The Associated PressPublished Apr 19, 2018 04:12:30When it came to being a teenager in rural Oklahoma, there was a certain glamour to the idea of being in the back yard with a lawnmower, playing in the fields or riding in a buggy.
Those days are gone, and a growing number of people are getting older, but for some of them, a ranch house offers the ideal setting to live.
Ranch houses were once a staple of rural America, but in recent years, a resurgence of ranching has put a lot of people back to work, and the ranching boom has helped revive a rural economy.
In the past 10 years, about 40 million acres of land in the U.S. have been developed for ranching, according to the U:S.
The growth has created an opportunity for thousands of new jobs, but it also has raised the specter of economic devastation for some.
In Oklahoma, where the state is home to some of the country’s largest herds of cattle, a boom in ranching and cattle farming has resulted in a resurgence in jobs and a boost in local economies.
It’s also helped push up the prices of land that was once used for farming, according and the AP’s John Feltus reports.
There are more than 2 million acres now owned by ranchers in the state, and they employ more than 6,300 people, according the AP.
They also earn more than $200 billion a year, according a report by the nonprofit Rural Economic Development Center, based at the University of Oklahoma.
The boom has been accompanied by a rise in poverty.
Oklahoma’s poverty rate has risen more than 50 percent since 1990, and is now one of the highest in the nation.
The rate is nearly four times higher than the national average.
It was a trend that got even worse in the past decade, when the recession hit, as unemployment soared to nearly 26 percent.
Since the recession, however, the number of households with incomes of more than 200 percent of the poverty level has fallen by more than 80 percent.
Many of the people living in poverty are women.
The number of women without a college degree has dropped by about 60 percent.
In some communities, the poverty rate is close to 20 percent.
The economy has also grown more prosperous for people who work in the industry, said Mark P. Miller, president of the National Rural Cooperatives, a non-profit that promotes rural economy and job creation.
In fact, about half of the ranchers and ranching operators are men, and nearly half of them earn more money than their wives.
Miller said the rise in the ranch economy has not hurt the local economy, because some ranchers do not lose money from the businesses they manage.
But, he said, the job losses have put downward pressure on the wages of those who do.
Miller said some of those people who have left the industry in recent decades are now doing other things, such as becoming teachers or working part time.
And they’re still working at what they once did as ranchers, he added.
“Ranchers are in this industry, and it’s important for them to be here.
The jobs are good.
But the culture is different,” Miller said.
Rancher and ranch house owner Bill Williams said he was looking forward to retiring.
But he also worries about the health of the land.
“I want it to be a place I can be proud to be,” Williams said.
“But I’m not going to live here forever.”