Local NewsIrrigation Practices Called Into Question

Irrigation Practices Called Into Question

Analysis of federal data shows a large portion of local irrigators are still hobby farmers, continuing to worsen drought conditions

Recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which provides a complete count of farms and ranches in the state and its various counties, shows that many Central Oregon irrigators are hobby farmers. The USDA conducts a census every five years and looks at land use, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures…

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