The Arid West Moves East, With Big Implications For Agriculture

The Arid West Moves East, With Big Implications For Agriculture

News Type: State, Regional, Federal Source: NPR
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The American West appears to be moving east. New research shows the line on the map that divides the North American continent into arid Western regions and humid Eastern regions is shifting, with profound implications for American agriculture.

In western Oklahoma, farmers like Benji White and his wife, Lori, have become ranchers.

The Whites run 550 head on about 5,000 acres at B&L Red Angus, the family’s seedstock and commercial ranching outfit near the town of Putnam in western Oklahoma. The Whites used to grow wheat and other grains, but they’ve stopped farming to expand the ranching business.