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Corn field amid severe drought

Drought damages could exceed those of Hurricane Sandy

The recent drought that has crippled much of the United States may prove to be the costliest natural disaster our nation has experienced in the past two years. Unfortunately, there’s no end in site for a great deal of the Corn Belt. The southwestern drought is forecast to expand to the central and southern Great Plains and […]

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Bluebonnets at 77 Ranch in Blooming Grove, Texas

Bluebonnet season in Texas creates concern amidst the beauty

As the bluebonnets bloom in Texas, the wildflower’s popularity creates some concerns for Texas residents. The state flower of Texas, this time of year causes a fanaticism among Texans and tourists who absolutely must have a photo of themselves basking in all of the bluebonnet goodness. It’s not all wine and bluebonnets, however. Given the […]

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Corn field amid severe drought

Finally, some drought relief?

Although nearly half of the country still struggles with the lingering drought, recent precipitation is providing some relief. 47.82 percent of the nation is experiencing moderate to severe drought, which is the first time that stat has dropped below 50 percent in 10 months. Snow and rainfall are helping Great Plains states such as Nebraska, […]

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Billboard that produces water in Peru.

See the billboard that produces water

Many people think that billboard advertising ruins beautiful landscapes, but, surely, this is one billboard that anyone would support. A Chilean advertising agency, Mayo draftCFB teamed up with the University of Engineering and Technology to design a billboard, located in Lima, Peru, that captures humidity, filters it, and turns it into potable water, which can […]

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Grassland prairie in South Dakota

Study documents conversion of grassland to crops

In a recent study, researchers from South Dakota State University have documented a sodbusting trend in the Central Plains states. Due largely to rising commodity prices, the Western Corn Belt has lost  1.3 million acres of grassland over the past 5 years, which is a rate that hasn’t been seen since the 1930′s. The authors found […]

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Natural disasters spur crop insurance and farm conservation discussion

Unfortunately, it often takes a natural disaster or series of disasters, to make policymakers take notice. Such is the case with the agricultural industry, which has been struggling with severe drought amidst other hardships. On February 14, the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing called, “Drought, Fire, and Freeze: The Economics of Disaster for America’s […]

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