Drought Fells a Texas Town’s Biggest Employer

New York Times: After two years of drought, people are starting to leave this parched West Texas town. The lack of significant rainfall has slowed the rush of cattle that came to the largest employer here, a beef processing plant that employed 2,300 people in a town of 22,343. When the plant shut this month, it took with it an annual payroll of $15.5 million. The closing has challenged families who had worked at the plant off Interstate 27 for generations. Sons and daughters stood alongside their fathers and mothers,......

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