Dryland farming in the Northwestern United States : a nontechnical overview
Today, more people than ever throughout the world rely on American wheat farmers to provide a steady and affordable supply of grain. At the same time, public concern about the viability of our food system is growing as part of an expanding environmental awareness. Many people feel that the enormous successes of farm productivity have not come without a cost. In the brief history of farming in our nation, more soil has been eroded than in many civilizations a thousand years old. Rural populations and communities have disappeared because of changes created by using new technology and by the world marketplace. The loss of prairies and wetlands has reduced biological diversity. Thus, sustainability is crucial to agriculture to maintain food production and the natural and human resources that support it.