ByAnna Casey/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting |
In South Dakota, one of the nation’s top wheat producing states, nearly 75 percent of the spring crop is in poor to very poor condition, according to the report. In North Dakota, the nation’s second largest wheat producer, 40 percent of the spring wheat crop is in poor to very poor condition.
The nexus for this story came when I was searching through Department of Labor foreign labor certifications.
I came across 41 certifications for H-1B workers to go to work in Harlem, Mont.
Harlem is a tiny town up on the Hi-Line, an area of Montana along the Canadian border that is basically the middle of nowhere. I couldn’t see why any organization would base a high-tech work center up there, and I certainly wondered where all these foreign workers would live.
Montana water managers responded in a survey that it is likely the state will experience statewide freshwater shortages within the next decade. While Montana's water issues are unique in some ways, researchers from the state said its overall problems mirror much of the country's.