Wind energy generates new income for farmers who have lost earnings as their wells dry up.
Bedsprings once served as a corral near Elida, New Mexico.
The mayor of Elida, Pop 200, blames the dearth of water. On the plains around them are signs of hard times in the 40’s and 50’s like the dairy that used old mattress springs as a containment area for their handful of milk cows.
The signs of the future for this place loom over those mattresses – huge farms of wind machines. Farmers supplement their income now with wind leases and will be more.
- RANDY OLSON
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- Ogallala Aquifer_National Geographic Magazine 8/2016