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By Char Miller
Pomona College 

Farmers are drawing groundwater from the giant Ogallala Aquifer faster than nature replaces it

 

August 8, 2018



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(THE CONVERSATION) Every summer the U.S. Central Plains go dry, leading farmers to tap into groundwater to irrigate sorghum, soy, cotton, wheat and corn and maintain large herds of cattle and hogs. As the heat rises, anxious irrigators gather to discuss whether and how they should adopt more stringent conservation measures.

They know that if they do not conserve, the Ogallala Aquifer, the source of their prosperity, will go dry. The Ogallala, also known as the High Plains Aquif...



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