Lead:  On an overcast afternoon in the spring of 1935 a rumpled bureaucrat was speaking to a Committee of the United States Senate. Suddenly the sky turned the color of copper. Hugh Hammond Bennett had made his point.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: During the Great Depression of the 1930s several mid-western agricultural states came to be known as the Dust Bowl. Extensive farming and a run of drought-plagued weather had so depleted the soil and dried it out under the grasses of the Great Plains that it became like powder. Windstorms swept it up. Drifts, sometimes ten feet deep covered the roads. At times, in towns all over Kansas, Texas, Wyoming and the Dakotas, you could only see three hundred yards at mid-day. The bones of starved cattle lay bleached by the pale sunlight that penetrated the gloom. With four million acres out of production by the mid-1930s and another sixty-million facing the same threat, one of the nation's greatest assets was in serious peril.

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