AGRICULTURE: A New Dust-Bowl Threat

Little by little the sky was darkened by the mixing dust, and the wind felt over the earth, loosened the dust, and carried it away . . . The finest dust did not settle back to earth now, but disappeared into the darkening sky . . . The corn fought the wind with its weakened leaves until the roots were freed by the prying wind and then each stalk settled wearily sideways toward the earth.

— The Grapes of Wrath, 1939

For many farmers, John Steinbeck's description of the Dust Bowl is as tragically apt today as it was in the...

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