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by John Opie

Author: John Opie
Subcategory: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press; Subsequent edition (April 1, 2000)
Pages: 477 pages
Category: Other
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by. John Opie (Author). The first half of this book is an engrossing history of farming and water on the southern High Plains. Next comes an in-depth look at the Ogallala's present situation and options for the future. Opie deals with geology and climate as well as political, economic, social, and environmental factors and explains how the concept of sustainability fits, or could fit, into the picture. agriculture, farm policy, and the environment.

The Ogallala aquifer, a vast underground water reserve extending from South Dakota through Texas. John Opie is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Environmental History and Policy at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Char Miller is the W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College and author of several books, including Not So Golden State: Sustainability vs. the California Dream.

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Opie also develops his argument for the plains as a ?moral geography,? a view involving the recognition by society that it has an obligation to balance the responsibility for conserving natural resources with that for keeping a regional people?the family farmers?in operation.

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In this new, enlarged edition, John Opie updates his groundbreaking work on the environmental history of the Ogallala aquifer and plains farming. He addresses the impact of the 1996 Farm Bill (Federal Agricultural Improvement and Reform Act) and looks at the recent movement of industrial hog farming onto the plains. Opie also develops his argument for the plains as a “moral geography,” a view involving the recognition by society that it has an obligation to balance the responsibility for conserving natural resources with that for keeping a regional people—the family farmers—in operation.