How Colorado River Water Cuts Could Impact Arizona Farmers

By Lauren Gilger, Mark Brodie
Published: Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - 12:02pm
Updated: Friday, August 20, 2021 - 9:16am

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Water from the Central Arizona Project spills onto a field in rural Pinal County, Arizona.

Pinal County farmers will be taking the brunt of Colorado River water cutbacks — up to 60%.

There are more than 19,000 farming and ranching operations in Arizona, covering more than 26 million acres. And the industry has a $23 billion impact on the state’s economy.

Stephanie Smallhouse is the state president of the Arizona Farm Bureau and a fifth-generation rancher here.

The Show spoke with her to learn about what this means for farmers.

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