The West Pinal 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.
Most of the District’s programs focus on irrigated agriculture. The District has partnered with the Florence-Coolidge and Eloy NRCD’s 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 West Pinal District oversees the purchase and use of a top mapping system using GPS technology to reduce time required for survey and irrigation design.
The District also works with the Florence-Coolidge and Eloy NRCD’s 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.
The West Pinal NRCD is a member of the Agri-Business Council, the Arizona NRCD State Association, and the National Association of Conservation Districts. All of these organization focus on natural resource conservation and improving agricultural business at various levels.
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