NBC's Kevin Tibbles fought through the snow to the Kansas heartland, where 100,000 people suffered blackouts after the weight of ice pulled down electric utility lines. As bad as the blizzard was for humans, the region's $50bn/yr beef industry was worse hit. Cattle herds are freezing or starving to death. They are being fed by air from National Guard helicopters--"slinging hay from the side of a Huey," as Tibbles put it. As bad as the snow is for ranchers, it helps wheat farmers, who have endured a seven-year drought.
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