NEWS
The Forgotten Dust Bowl
Dan Miller Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Mon Jun 9, 2014 11:02 AM CDT

Jillane Hixson minces no words about the 3 1/2-year drought draped over her part of far southeast Colorado. She is frustrated with hours-long, hurricane-like dust storms and her daily battles against dust that are ruining both her home and her farm machinery.

Hixson is dismayed that the year-old California drought garners headlines, while the undeniable agricultural disaster outside her window seems all but forgotten. She's frustrated -- "angry" might be a better word -- with the government response.

On this 3,000-acre farm outside of Lamar, Colo., in Prowers County, there has been no normal harvest in three years. If conditions ...

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