Water: Its Changing Role in U.S. Agriculture

Burton C. English
December 1982  [82-WP 15]

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English, B.C. 1982. "Water: Its Changing Role in U.S. Agriculture." Working paper 82-WP 15. Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University.


The interrelationship between food security of the United States and a diminishing water resource balances on the condition of that water resource, the quantity of other substitute resources, and the level of future technology. The answer to whether food supplies in the United States can be threatened by a given resource such as water cannot be answered solely by examining the resource in question. Rather the interactions of all resources used in the production of agricultural commodities must be analyzed.