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for Carolina Country Vol. 15 Issue 3, Mar 1983
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The toll is still being counted from the massive winter storm that spread ice and snow across large areas of the North Carolina mountains January 21-22, but the damage will undoubtedly be millions of dollars. Rutherford EMC was by far the hardest hit of the cooperatives having 20,000 homes lose power at the outset.
In an effort to help lessen the federal deficit, President Reagan has embarked on a farm program of acreage control. The “crop swap” program would give farmers grain from government stockpiles in exchange for the grain they would have grown on the acres they decide not to plant. This article discusses the program and how it would affect North Carolina farmers and agriculture.
North Carolina has reached a population of six million, ranking as the tenth most populous state. While North Carolina has always been thought of as a heavily rural state, its population density is rather high. The average population per square mile is 120, making the Tar Heel state almost twice as “crowded” as the entire nation.
A demonstration “micro” hydroelectric plant in Watauga County, which is now smoothly generating enough electricity for several homes, is the product of a federal grant and work by two college students. The students applied what they learned in class to erect the small-scale plant on Laurel Creek.
A new concept in water management may lead to improved water usage on millions of acres of cropland in North Carolina. A research project is testing to see if the Mitchell Swamp Canal of the Conetoe Creek Water District can be made to double as a water reservoir. The project will install a new inflatable dam called Fabridam to control the water level in the canal.