When will the Feds Help Arizona Farmers?
On October 19, 2018, President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum directing Federal Agencies to work together to reduce burdens on Western Water deliveries. The goal of the memorandum is to reduce regulatory burdens and improve water reliability. The Memorandum stated that it would benefit major water infrastructure projects. However, the focus of the memorandum was the Central Valley Project and the California State Water Project in California, Klamath irrigation Project in Oregon, and the Federal Columbia River System in the Pacific Northwest. Absent from the memorandum was the pressures being felt by farmers and the AgBusinesses in Arizona from water shortages.
In light of the Central Arizona Project looking at reducing water for farmers in Pinal County substantially, Arizona should be as much of a focus for help as California, Oregon, Idaho and Washington. If water shortages threaten your business contact the Business Reorganization attorneys at Mesch Clark Rothschild who are experienced in dealing with agriculture businesses.