Don’t mention climate. For Midwest farmers, it’s the economy, stupid

Save the climate change talk for the politicians.

U.S. farmers already dealing with erosion and shrinking aquifers are embracing farming techniques that fight soil erosion and conserve water. No-till farming is nothing new; it can reduce the nearly two billion tons of annual topsoil runoff that causes billions of dollars in losses.

Instead of carbon emissions, focus on jobs and the economy, Kansas state Rep. Annie Kuether, a Democrat, told the New York Times. Like grain and cattle, “Wind’s another valuable resource Kansas can export,” adds Mark Lawlor of project developer Clean Line Energy Partners.

Photo credit: Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

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