Column: Dust Bowl documentary highlights today's needs

By Kimberly Neumann

For The Tribune

As I watched the premier of the new Ken Burns documentary “The Dust Bowl” on television, it reminded me of the heartbreaking stories this past summer as extreme heat and drought ravaged our state, causing widespread devastation and loss.

We all felt helpless as we watched crops wither, livestock being sold, gardens fail and the ground crack for lack of moisture. Compared to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, we have to agree we were much better prepared this time.

With Indiana’s farmers still recovering from the recent drought, Burns’ documentary is timely. It chronicles the human stories behind the cataclysmic events of the 1930s in the very words of those who lived through it and reminds us why protecting our soil resource is so important.

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