KUNM Local
10:24 am
Wed April 27, 2011

Drought Increases Costs for Farmers

Las Cruces, NM – While a higher than average runoff from the mountains to the Colorado river this spring will make water more plentiful than usual in states like Nevada, California and parts of Arizona, the Rio Grande is getting almost nothing.

That means an extreme drought remains in effect for New Mexico and Texas. The dry conditions are causing dangerous wildfires and are hurting farmers and ranchers across the region.

In New Mexico less water equals higher costs. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk Monica Ortiz Uribe reports farmers are having to change the way they farm.