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“Flooding And Rising Seas Threaten America’s Oldest Farmland”

National Public Radio has an interesting story this week about recent impacts of rising sea level on one of the oldest farms in the US. The farm is located in the Eastern Shore of Maryland and was started by land grant in 1666, long before the US was even a country. Now rising sea levels are increasing flooding and the salinity of the ground water is increasing, leading to losses of soybeans and other crops. You can hear the story and read more at https://www.npr.org/2018/06/02/616151979/flooding-and-rising-seas-threaten-americas-oldest-farmland.

Bob Fitzgerald stands in a spot where frequent floods have killed 15 acres of soybean crops. Behind him is a row of phragmites, an invasive plant common in wetlands.
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