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+2.4°C Mesa County, Colorado

The first generation of Bernal farmers set out across the mountains for western Colorado in 1925, drawn by the new man-made canal that sent water coursing across the valley. Over the decades, the family grew sugar beets, barley, tomatoes and corn —  and became one of the largest water-rights holders in the valley around Grand Junction. 

Now, Joe Bernal, the fourth generation, is trying his hand at hemp, what he called the new "gold rush," as the Colorado River is dwindling. The unmistakable rise in regional temperatures from pre-industrial-age levels has meant many years with less snow in the Rockies and on the mesa to melt and feed the streams. That has brought more drought and less yield.


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