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  • Players for the Hoxie High School Indians kneel in prayer before their homecoming game in Hoxie, Kan. on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Parents and community members say that many graduating seniors are opting to either stay home after graduation or return home to work on their family farms after college because of a healthy local economy job opportunities in the agricultural sector. As historically dry conditions continue, farmers from South Dakota to the Texas panhandle rely on the Ogallala Aquifer, the largest underground aquifer in the United States, to irrigate crops. After decades of use, the falling water level ? accelerated by historic drought conditions over the last two years ? is putting pressure on farmers to ease usage or risk becoming the last generation to grow crops on the land. Farmers like Mitchell Baalman and Brett Oelke (both not pictured) are part of a farming community in in Sheridan County, Kansas, an agricultural hub in western Kansas, who have agreed to cut back on water use for crop irrigation so that their children and future generations can continue to farm and sustain themselves on the High Plains.
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  • Mitchell Baalman, a farmer from Hoxie, Kan., watches the Hoxie High School Indians take the field during their homecoming game in Hoxie, Kan. on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Parents and community members say that many graduating seniors are opting to either stay home after graduation or return home to work on their family farms after college because of a healthy local economy and job opportunities in the agricultural sector. As historically dry conditions continue, farmers from South Dakota to the Texas panhandle rely on the Ogallala Aquifer, the largest underground aquifer in the United States, to irrigate crops. After decades of use, the falling water level ? accelerated by historic drought conditions over the last two years ? is putting pressure on farmers to ease usage or risk becoming the last generation to grow crops on the land. Farmers like Mitchell Baalman and Brett Oelke (not pictured) are part of a farming community in in Sheridan County, Kansas, an agricultural hub in western Kansas, who have agreed to cut back on water use for crop irrigation so that their children and future generations can continue to farm and sustain themselves on the High Plains.
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  • Players for the Hoxie High School Indians take the field during their homecoming game in Hoxie, Kan. on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Parents and community members say that many graduating seniors are opting to either stay home after graduation or return home to work on their family farms after college because of a healthy local economy job opportunities in the agricultural sector. As historically dry conditions continue, farmers from South Dakota to the Texas panhandle rely on the Ogallala Aquifer, the largest underground aquifer in the United States, to irrigate crops. After decades of use, the falling water level ? accelerated by historic drought conditions over the last two years ? is putting pressure on farmers to ease usage or risk becoming the last generation to grow crops on the land. Farmers like Mitchell Baalman and Brett Oelke (both not pictured) are part of a farming community in in Sheridan County, Kansas, an agricultural hub in western Kansas, who have agreed to cut back on water use for crop irrigation so that their children and future generations can continue to farm and sustain themselves on the High Plains.
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  • Players for the Hoxie High School Indians take the field during their homecoming game in Hoxie, Kan. on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Parents and community members say that many graduating seniors are opting to either stay home after graduation or return home to work on their family farms after college because of a healthy local economy job opportunities in the agricultural sector. As historically dry conditions continue, farmers from South Dakota to the Texas panhandle rely on the Ogallala Aquifer, the largest underground aquifer in the United States, to irrigate crops. After decades of use, the falling water level ? accelerated by historic drought conditions over the last two years ? is putting pressure on farmers to ease usage or risk becoming the last generation to grow crops on the land. Farmers like Mitchell Baalman and Brett Oelke (both not pictured) are part of a farming community in in Sheridan County, Kansas, an agricultural hub in western Kansas, who have agreed to cut back on water use for crop irrigation so that their children and future generations can continue to farm and sustain themselves on the High Plains.
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