Can agriculture reduce its water requirements? You bet, it’s a no-brainer — drip irrigation will use less water than the flat furrow. And most trees and vines do better with the drip system.
All new ag tree or vine development should be required to integrate drip. At the same time, we need a long-range program for existing tree and vine crops to make the change. This is because converting to drip may allow the groundwater situation to stabilize.
Why haven’t our politicians moved on this?
For fast action, reduce their salaries and retirement of the politicians by 25%. The politicians (both parties) are the problem, not the farmer.