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Colorado ranchers face not just drought but rising social pressures

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Grand Junction (United States) (AFP) – “The grass should be up to here,” Janie VanWinkle says, holding a hand next to her knee above the scant growth on her ranch in Colorado, which — just as in 2020, and 2018 — is again being hit by devastating drought. “Here we are again,” she says, wearing a checkered shirt and a persistent smile that belies her ranch’s woes at a time when record high temperatures have been scorching much of the US West. “The soil moisture is just completely depleted, you can dig down four feet and there’s no moisture in the dirt. So that’s the cumulative effect that make…

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