I’ve spent the past week in western Kansas. Yesterday I mentioned the vast arrays of wind turbines that my wife Deb and I saw in Spearville, just east of Dodge City. They can be a significant part of the region’s economic future, given the natural advantage of the plains states in wind-generation potential—as shown on the map below. The biggest-picture policy questions about wind energy are not my topic at the moment. They’re for another time. I’m just setting up some photos I’d like to show.
I also mentioned yesterday the role of beef packing houses as the dominant employers in the Kansas towns of Dodge City, Garden City, and Liberal. This map, showing cattle concentrations across the country, interestingly parallels the wind map. And in this one too, the southwestern corner of Kansas is a center of activity.
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So what might this activity look like from above? Here’s what. The first photo shows a small part of one of the several large feedlots in the Dodge City area—this one is just east of town. We saw it almost immediately after taking off.
The black dots you see within each feedlot enclosure are of course the cattle.