The American south-west and central plains could be on course for super-droughts the like of which they have not witnessed in over a 1,000 years. Places like California are already facing very dry conditions, but these are quite gentle compared with some periods in the 12th and 13th Centuries.
The drought in California has reached dire proportions, landing agriculture directly in the regulatory line of fire for those seeking to re-evaluate water usage across the state. Growers are facing continued pressure to do more with less, and as a result, many have risen to the challenge by dramatically reducing their water usage along with other valuable inputs.
One operation that stands out in the water conservation category is Dan and Tom Rogers Farming in Madera County, CA, which received the 2014 Farm Water Steward Award for its conservation efforts.