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According to a report by the Organic Consumers Association, 95% of the 240 million acres of prairie land that once blanketed the middle of our country, from Texas to North Dakota, already is gone. Only isolated pockets of prairie tall grass, some 35 million acres set aside for soil and wildlife conservation, remain. And that — largely in the Great Plains — is at risk of being destroyed.

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Red Raspberry

The ethanol mandate is a government jobs program now.


At least in northern Illinois, it is not the American prairie that has been converted to agriculture.
That was done decades ago.
It’s been converting marshy areas (via drainage) and wooded areas (via land clearing) to tillable soil.

Red Raspberry

Same here to in Iroquois county. Before the railroads it was mostly swamp. And very few trees. Today trees are all over except for the farm fields.