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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Kansas farmers tried cutting water use, and guess what? They saved money. | Grist

Kansas farmers tried cutting water use, and guess what? They saved money. | Grist: Kansas farmers tried cutting water use, and guess what? They saved money. In Sheridan County, farmers managed to slash irrigation by 20 percent without taking a punch in the wallet, according to a new economic analysis.
The wells in Sheridan County sip from the Ogallala Aquifer, an underground lake that stretches from South Dakota to Texas. It happens to be rapidly depleting.

“I’d rather irrigate 10 inches a year for 30 years than put on 30 inches for 10 years,” farmer Roch Meier told Kansas Agland. “I want it for my grandkids.”

Why annuities are a bad idea for almost everyone - MarketWatch

Why annuities are a bad idea for almost everyone - MarketWatch: “Don’t lose money in the Wall Street casino!” the radio announcer blared.

“It could take a lifetime to make up your losses in the stock market.”

Unless your lifetime is five years — that’s how long it took the market to make a full recovery after the Great Recession — he’s dead wrong.

He was using this fear tactic to sell annuities. And getting suckered into buying an annuity with him — or any broker — could be the biggest mistake you ever make.

You see, annuities aren’t wrong for everyone… Just most everyone.

Adapting to water shortages, Egypt reduces rice cultivation | The Arab Weekly

Adapting to water shortages, Egypt reduces rice cultivation | The Arab Weekly