Texas agriculture produces more than the food on your plate. The state’s agricultural industry is among the primary drivers of the economy. Generating billions in economic activity and supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs would not be possible without water.
The money farmers must spend to grow their crops – for land, equipment, seeds, fertilizer, labor, fuel, transportation, insurance, electricity – flows through the local economy of communities throughout the state. In the state’s most productive agricultural region, the High Plains, it has been estimated that without irrigated agriculture the region’s economy could only support two-thirds of its current population.
Water used for farming grows bountiful crops that support a thriving economy. Farmers work daily to conserve this priceless resource so it can continue contributing to the financial wellbeing of Texans across the state.