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Letter to the Editor: Green energy a must for our children’s future

Dear Editor,

I am blessed with the glorious opportunity to participate in educating the children in my public school system but I worry about the world we are creating for them. Like my generation, they will live under the threat of nuclear war but also very likely within a hostile environment produced by generations of greenhouse gas emissions unless we act now.

What can we do to provide them a better future?

Switching to green sources of energy such as wind, solar, and hydropower, are obvious good moves but we can do more here on the plains where populations are low and land is plentiful. We can put the land to work capturing carbon. We have the knowledge.

Precision agricultural enables site specific crop management and SDSU offers the nation’s first degree program in this field. Gabe Brown is teaching farmers how to grow healthy topsoil from his North Dakota ranch (brownsranch.us/). Regenerative farming with cover crops can protect farmland from extensive floods as we experienced this past year (features.weather.com/collateral/farmers-and-congress-talking-climate-solutions/).

We can make farm operations more profitable while improving our children’s inheritance. All we need is the will.

Mark Winegar

Vermillion, SD

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