With flat prairies, plentiful water, and rich, deep soils, the Midwest is one of the most intensely farmed regions in the world. We depend on it for many of our grocery staples – from corn and soybeans to wheat and meat.
But the Midwest's abundance of fertile farmland has sometimes led us to take it for granted. We're rapidly paving over some of the most productive soils and farmland in the world.
At the same time, tons of prime topsoil washes away – and we can't afford to lose it. In the Midwest, we need to save the land – not just by the acre but also by the inch.