NBC Evening News for Saturday, Aug 25, 1984
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(Studio) Annual economy impact of farmland erosion in United States described.
REPORTER: Connie Chung
(Cherokee Cnty., Iowa) Concern over future of Midwest agriculture due to erosion examined; films shown. [American Farmland Trust spokesperson Robert GRAY - explains amount of top soil involved.] Factors contributing to erosion, beginning in 1970s push for grain crops for export, reviewed; President Jimmy Carter's grain boycott mentioned. [GRAY - describes vicious circle faced by farmers.] Efforts of Tom and Linda Bidner to preserve topsoil discussed. [Linda BIDNER - notes econs. involved in conservation program.] [Tom BIDNER - ests. losses in Iowa to erosion.] Chesapeake Bay noted being filled in with soil washed off Midwestern farms. Wayne McGinnis' preservation methods described, shown. [McGINNIS - explains impact of poor soil conservation.] [Tom BIDNER - cites future destruction of land if topsoil isn't salvaged immediately.]
REPORTER: Lee McCarthy
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