Great Plains (IA KS ND NE MO SD)

"In North Dakota, New Concerns Over Mixing Oil and Wheat"

"ROSS, N.D. — While three generations of the Sorenson family have made their livelihood growing wheat and other crops here, they also have learned to embrace the furious pace of North Dakota’s oil exploration. After all, oil money helped the Sorensons acquire the land and continue to farm it."

Source: NY Times, 10/18/2013

"Turning Off The Spigot In Western Kansas Farmland"

"Across the high plains, many farmers depend on underground stores of water, and they worry about wells going dry. A new scientific study of western Kansas lays out a predicted timeline for those fears to become reality. But it also shows an alternative path for farming in Kansas: The moment of reckoning can be delayed, and the impact softened, if farmers start conserving water now."

Source: NPR, 08/27/2013


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