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When Water Is More Valuable than Crops, Farms Can’t Compete with Thirsty Cities

A wheat field in Logan County, Kansas, a part of the Midwest that often suffers from a lack of rainfall. (Photo by J. Schafer)

Few things are more valuable to a farmer than water. In the arid West, that can mean competing with fast-growing cities for water rights. Farm families are increasingly under pressure to sell their water, cashing in their water rights in exchange for millions of dollars at high stakes auctions. Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon reports.

Harvest Public Media is a consortium of news outlets across the midsection of America, dedicated to reporting on agriculture -- from farms to food to fuel. Learn more at

Water Woes in America's Heartland

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