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    Robert Malsom checks corn in one of his fields near Roscoe, S.D., on Oct. 24. Malsam nearly went broke in the 1980s when corn was cheap. So now that prices are high and he can finally make a profit, he’s not about to apologize for ripping up prairie land to plant corn. Doug Dreyer/The Associated Press

Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 12:01 am | Updated: 11:08 am, Wed Nov 13, 2013.

ROSCOE, S.D. — Robert Malsam nearly went broke in the 1980s when corn was cheap. So now that prices are high and he can finally make a profit, he’s not about to apologize for ripping up prairie land to plant corn.

Across the Dakotas and Nebraska, more than 1 million acres of the Great Plains are giving way to cornfields as farmers transform the wild expanse that once served as the backdrop for American pioneers.

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  • henry griswold posted at 12:38 pm on Thu, Nov 14, 2013.

    henry griswold Posts: 212

    america has almost completely deforested its forests. amazonia, which includes nw brazil, luckily still has 30% of the worlds forests. losing about 2%/yr

     
  • Dlg Dlg posted at 4:28 pm on Wed, Nov 13, 2013.

    DLG Posts: 1

    Mean while the American Tax Payer is continuing to SUBSIDIZE these farmers, so that they can build their MCMansions,(which they write off as an expense) Drive 100K "work" vehicles, 100K ++ RVs, 35K Razers and Scooters, while Our food Prices continue to RISE, ALL on the BACk of the the TAX payers./consumers Because they are making TO much MONEY and will do everything in their POWER
    to NOT pay TAXES.
    I live in this Town that was Noted in this Article.
    WE no LONGER have a Grocery Store (it was foreclosed on by the town banker, a convicted fraud, its on record) so that he could have the land next to his business. EVEN the Farmer will tell you that they Purchase Fuel without Ethanol in it as the gas milage on there heavy DUTY 100K++ trucks is terrible. ETHANOL is a SCAM! a TOTAL scam. THE american People need to wake up to what our "poor" farmers are a)feeding us b)putting into the ground and c) PAYING for. the average Farmer works 5 months out of the Year. The "average" poor american farmer is NOW a world traveler (which they expense) has SEVERAL NEW high end LUXURY vehicles. AND are more then Happy to Collect their "foodStamps" yes its true their adjusted income makes it so they can. m

     
  • mark licht posted at 1:38 pm on Wed, Nov 13, 2013.

    SethPoole Posts: 4

    You may be thinking of Brazil with its sugarcane ethanol and soybean diesel, both contributing to deforestation.

     
  • henry griswold posted at 10:34 am on Wed, Nov 13, 2013.

    henry griswold Posts: 212

    i think its argentina that went 100% ethanol instead of gas stations......

     
  • Barbara Harrelson posted at 10:00 am on Wed, Nov 13, 2013.

    barbarah1 Posts: 19

    What an important story about issues that have not been widely reported. Thanks for including this!

     
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