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Farmers are depleting the Ogallala Aquifer because the government pays them to do it

A center-pivot sprinkler with precision application drop nozzles irrigates cotton in Texas. USDA NRCS/WikipediaA slow-moving crisis threatens the U.S. Central Plains, which grow a quarter of the nation’s crops. Underground, the region’s lifeblood – water – is disappearing, placing one of the world’s major food-producing regions at risk. The Ogallala-High Plains Aquifer is one of the world’s largest groundwater sources, extending from South Dakota down through the Texas Panhandle across portions

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