Irrigated agriculture under scrutiny

Langcuster, Jim
September 2004
Southeast Farm Press;9/15/2004, Vol. 31 Issue 22, p20
Trade Publication
The article discusses farm irrigation in Alabama. John Christy, director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, Alabama, estimates Alabama has lost close to 10 million acres of farming — a loss due in large part to the competitive advantage enjoyed by federally-subsidized farm irrigation in Western states. Returning 2 million acres of this lost farmland back to irrigated agriculture would generate between $1 billion and $2 billion. According to Christy, Alabama could accomplish this at only a fraction of the cost.


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