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The ongoing drought in southwestern Kansas and southeastern Colorado is a serious issue that threatens the livelihoods of farmers and the economies of entire communities. With the Arkansas River serving the growing population of Colorado Springs and canals like the Amity drying up, there is an urgent need for action to address this crisis.

The current drought is reminiscent of the Dust Bowl in the 1930s, which devastated agricultural communities and caused an economic collapse in the western states. The growth of cities without adequate water resources has led to increased competition for water, with urban areas taking needed water away from agriculture. As a result, farmland is turning into desert, and farmers are struggling to make ends meet.

Bob Waun, broker of DIRT Realty, recently spent a few weeks in Kansas and Colorado working on ways to use biochar to grow crops with less water. Biochar is a form of charcoal that is produced by heating organic material in a low-oxygen environment. It can be used to improve soil quality and retain moisture, which could be a game-changer for farmers in drought-stricken areas.

If the current drought continues, it could have serious consequences for the US economy. Agriculture is a major industry in this region, and the loss of crops could lead to higher food prices and economic instability.

To learn more about the drought in southwestern Kansas and southeastern Colorado, check out these articles:

  • "Drought in Southwest US brings financial and psychological pain" - Associated Press

  • "Drought in Colorado and Kansas could lead to reduced harvests and higher food prices" - CBS News

  • "As drought deepens, Colorado River Basin farmers face tough choices about their water" - National Geographic

  • "Drought Worsens in Kansas and Colorado, Threatening Crops and Drinking Water" - Inside Climate News

In addition, the USDA has published a report on the impact of drought on US agriculture, which includes information on the current situation in Kansas and Colorado. For more information, you can visit the USDA's website.

It's clear that action is needed to address the drought in these areas. Whether it's through innovative farming techniques like biochar, or increased investment in water conservation and management, we must work together to ensure that our communities and our economy can thrive in the face of this crisis.

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