March 2013 News from the Center for Rural Affairs ESSAY: Pioneering Spirit on the March The pioneers formed farms, businesses, and communities over a century ago. An essay by Paul Hosford shows how their qualities can help revitalize today's communities. IRRIGATION & CLIMATE Disputes over Water Shortages Water shortages and conflicts over irrigation and domestic well conflicts erupted last summer. Local resource board acts to stop irrigation development. Hot & Dry, Cold & Wet, or Both? Record heat, drought, snowfall, and superstorms hit in 2012. This isn't "variability." It's a shift to a new normal. CLEAN ENERGY Voicing Concerns over Energy Projects Rock Island Clean Line project worries some landowners and farm groups in Illinois. By voicing concerns, energy projects improve. Leaving Opportunity on the Table See how we can take advantage of clean energy potential in our new report.