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6000 Idaho Farmers with 500,000 Acres Needing Water Shut Off by State

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Shutting off water to a farmer is a drastic move. Especially after he has already planted his crops in for the year. You would think the Idaho bureaucrats would have gotten their predictor guy predicting before it got this far. The whole story gets even more bizarre as this is Idaho State so we can’t blame D.C. Here we go:

Affected farmers in Idaho say the order to shut their water off was issued after they already paid to plant and fertilize their crops.If the water is shut off, Young said that would mean a total loss for this year’s wheat and barley crop and he would expect to get one cutting of alfalfa in, instead of the three he hoped for.“Being done for this year means absorbing several million dollars in losses this year and we don’t recover from that,” Young said in a phone interview. “That would spell the end of our business and that’s true for everybody else frankly who is farming.”

Young is among the eastern Idaho and Magic Valley family farmers and other water users who hold the 6,400 groundwater rights that are subject to curtailment. The Idaho Department of Water Resources said those water rights holders are being subject to curtailment because they are not in compliance with a state plan.

The Idaho Department of Water Resources said curtailment – or shutting off the water – is necessary because of a predicted water shortfall this year.

When it announced the curtailment order Thursday afternoon, the Idaho Department of Water Resources estimated 500,000 acres of farmland could be affected by shutting off the water.

Not to get in the weeds but…..then we learn the process of who gets cut: There are junior and senior groundwater rights holders.

How are water issues governed in Idaho?

On Thursday, Idaho Department of Water Resources Director Mathew Weaver issued a curtailment order that requires 6,400 junior groundwater rights holders who pump off the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer to shut off their water, the Idaho Capital Sun previously reported.

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“Not sure how much longer we will farm. This water curtailment will put us out of business.

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  • truck driver

    Drill a well and have a sprinkler system. Desert farmers do that. A pipe on wheels that rolls in a big circle

  • truck driver

    Steal the land by making law’s just like the Bundy ranch standoff. Government probably obeys their Chinese master’s and going to sell the farms to China

    • Bunkerville, God, Guns and Guts

      No doubt that is the plan

  • kilroy

    Can we kill all of these inbred psychopaths now? Anyone in your pretend Government over the rank of clerk is on the payroll of these international criminals.

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