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Industrial Agriculture Has Many Small Kansas Towns Struggling for Survival

 The trend toward bigger farms but fewer farmers is speeding the depopulation of small Kansas towns.  (Photo by Chris Neal / Kansas News Service)

Industrial agriculture – the trend toward bigger farms and fewer farmers – has been hollowing out rural Kansas for generations. That’s fueled a debate about what can – or even should – be done about it. Jim McLean, of the Kansas News Service, explores what Big Ag means for small towns.

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