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Most farms in this part of America have died. Fallow fields have morphed into woodlands; the northeast has far more forests than it did fifty short years ago. A local joke describes the dairy farmer who won the lottery and then continued to work his farm until the money was all gone.
People here know all about change, and they realize that pumping shale gas will bring some things that may be unexpected. Erick has been an elected public official since 1996, and he's helping his fellow dairy farmers learn about what will come next – and what will not change. They will all keep milking even as the gas flows.