March 25, 2005



Special - Downsized Dreams
In this issue
  • Link to Wall Street Journal Article
  • Links to KF News PDF files
  • The plight of small towns on the Great Plains is of particular interest at Knowledge Farm and I hope to devote newsletter and web site space to this topic in the future. Today, there is an especially inspiring, if somewhat poignant, article in the Wall Street Journal on this subject. It is the feature of this edition.

    Wall Street Journal - March 25, 2005

    In Bid to Hang On,
    Miner County, S.D.,
    Downsizes Dreams

    As Farmers Dwindle, Towns
    Make Best of What's Left;
    Big Grant Helps Fight Odds
    Windmills and Organic Beef

    Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
    March 25, 2005; Page A1

    HOWARD, S.D. -- With farm jobs disappearing at a rapid clip, almost every small town on the American prairie dreams of getting bigger.

    Some wait for Wal-Marts. Others push for new factories and jobs. Still others lobby for new roads, new highway exit ramps or new airports.

    This town has a different plan, evident to anyone driving the two-lane blacktop that cuts east to west through Miner County. At the eastern edge of Howard, an old slaughterhouse that had been vacant for 30 years is up and running again, this time in the production of organic beef. Just south of the town's busiest intersection, where cattle once grazed, a new housing development is under construction, bringing seven low-cost homes. Two wind turbines tower over the western end of town. At their feet sits a small turbine-repair shop staffed by former farmers and tractor repairmen.

    Use this link to read the entire article at the KnowledgeFarm web site


    PDF Links

    This is a list of prior issues of KF newsletters.
    All are available in PDF format at this link   PDF FILES

    March 18, 2005 - Mission, Modeling Diversity - Part V
    March 11, 2005 - Limits, Modeling Diversity - Part IV
    March 4, 2005 - Grasslands History, Modeling Diversity - Part III
    February 25, 2005 -Native Grasslands, Modeling Diversity - Part II
    February 18, 2005 - Polyculture Grains, Modeling Diversity
    February 7, 2005 - Photojournalism, A Model of Diversity


    George Beggs 2/2005 - Feedback is welcome