August 21, 2014

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No-Till farming to help prevent dust bowl

The impact of the Dust Bowl was felt all-over the U.S. on Black Sunday, 1935. One of the FDR's advisors, Hugh Hammond Bennett, was in Washington, D.C. on his way to testify before Congress about the need for soil conservation legislation. Just as he began to speak before Congress, a dust storm blew in to Washington, DC; all the way from the Great Plains. A dusty gloom spread over the nation's capital and blotted out the sun. When Bennett rose to address the legislature he said "This gentlemen, is what I have been talking about." Congress passed the Soil Conservation Act that same year.