AGRICULTURE, FOOD, and WATERDryland: Farmers
"Dryland" farmers on the high plains of Colorado grow their crops with whatever falls from the sky—no irrigation, no pumped groundwater—just what Mother Nature delivers. In recent years some have been trying to innovate to protect their soils and conserve water to prepare for climate change. But they're getting pushback—not only from their neighbors and their own families—but also from the government.
WATER AND SCIENCESleeping Like a Log? What Trees Do—and Don't Do at Night
Trees—they're just like us. They sleep, they drink—and they even have a pulse. What the latest research can also tell us about whether they're stressed out.
AGRICULTURE, FOOD, and WATERGaming Gravity: How Farmers and Ranchers Are Using the Flow of Water to Power Operations on Their Land
Agriculture uses a lot of water. But what if that water were used for more than growing food? What if it could generate energy—renewable energy? It can, and a program in Colorado is helping farmers harness hydropower to lower costs, save time—and conserve the water itself.
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