This Pinal County cotton farm started due to drought. Water cuts are challenging its traditions

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Monday, August 29, 2022 - 12:24pm
Updated: Tuesday, August 30, 2022 - 8:14am

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a dry canal at caywood farms
Caywood Farms
A dry canal at Caywood Farms in Casa Grande, Arizona.

When the Department of the Interior announced new cuts to Colorado River water earlier this month, the hardest-hit stakeholders were clear: farmers in Pinal County.

Agriculture uses the majority of the water allocated to the state from the Colorado River, and now, they are going to have to adapt to meet a changing climate.

nancy caywood stands next to a massey-harris tractor at the edge of a cotton field
Caywood Farms
Nancy Caywood

It’s a tough pill to swallow for Nancy Caywood. She’s the co-owner of Caywood Farms in Casa Grande, where her family has farmed for generations. In fact, she said her grandfather actually started their family farm there because of drought.

The Show spoke with her to learn her reaction to the water cuts.

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Caywood Farms
Caywood Farms in Casa Grande, Arizona.

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