Supply and Demand of Water

Only 10 percent of Alabama’s cropland is irrigated, compared to Georgia’s 50 percent and Mississippi’s 60 percent. If Alabama’s were 50 percent, the impact would be $200 million to $300 million a year.

ABOVE An irrigation system slakes the thirst of Jim Lewey’s Carr Farms in Geneva County. Photos by Todd Douglas Jim Lewey is not your father’s farmer. He’s young, articulate and college educated. And he runs Carr Farms — thousands of fertile acres near the Florida border — like the sizeable, multifaceted business that it is.…

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