The Florence-Coolidge NRCD is located in an area primarily devoted to irrigated farming. Important crops are cotton, grain sorghum, and hay for dairy cattle. Surrounding rangeland is desert shrub with low livestock carrying capacity except in wet winters when cool season annuals are abundant. Wildlife values are also limited by low rainfall.
The Florence-Coolidge NRCD Board members are highly experienced local farmers and residents who take the mission of the District seriously and are dedicated to natural resource conservation and improving agriculture in this area. Because Board members are active in all phases of the conservation and agricultural arena in Pinal County, they are well informed on issues relating to agriculture and growth in the community, which helps guide the District’s conservation efforts.
Most of the District’s programs focus on irrigated agriculture. The District has partnered with the West Pinal and Eloy NRCDs to sponsor the Irrigation Management Service (IMS) program for the past 20 years. This is a free service to help District cooperators maximize efficiency of their water usage by evaluating irrigation systems and making recommendations for improvements to make the systems more efficient. This program promotes water conservation and helps make irrigation more cost effective.
Through IMS, the District is involved in the Arizona Department of Water Resources Best Management Practices Program. The Florence-Coolidge District cooperates with West Pinal NRCD in the purchase and use of a topo mapping system using GPS technology to reduce time required for survey and irrigation design.
The District also works with the West Pinal and Eloy NRCDs to support the area’s Natural Resource Education Center in partnership with Central Arizona College. The District recognizes that each generation must be taught the value of good conservation practices and fully assists the Center in any way they can. Various other local youth agricultural organization and programs are supported by monetary contributions.
(520) 836-1960 Ext 3
520 N. Camino Mercado, Ste 12
Casa Grande, AZ 85122