The following information is a Web Extra from the pages of Farm Journal. It corresponds with the article "Liquid Line Items." You can find the article in Farm Journal's 2013 September issue.
Federal initiatives such as the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP)can help farmers offset the cost of irrigation-system upgrades. Click here to read more about the program.
Those investments can pay off in a big way: A study conducted by Decision Innovation Solutions found that irrigation in Nebraska—the state with the most irrigated acres at 8.4 million—helped the state avoid losing $7.1 billion in direct economic activity during the 2012 drought.