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Keeping The Breadbasket From Drying Up

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Bob Price is one of many farmers in Southwestern Kansas who signed up for a government program that pays farmers for their water rights and put portions of their land back into grass. (Photo by Devin Browne)

Right now, America's Bread Basket relies on an aquifer that's nearly drained. And, many say, it will dry up if farmers keep pumping water from it at the current rate. Devin Browne reports the government plans to pay farmers as one way to get them to cut water use:

Wikipedia's page on the Ogallala Aquifer

A related article from Scientific American

Producer: Devin Browne
Release Date: September 18, 2009
Running Time: 3:09

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