February 17, 2014
Through the Decision Center for a Desert City (DCDC) we had another opportunity to present at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting, this year highlighting some more theoretical implications of the context in central Arizona agriculture.
Smith-Heisters, S. (2014, 15 February). Analyzing constraints on adaptation: Application of an institutional analysis framework to risk perception. Poster presented at the AAAS 2014 Annual Meeting: “Meeting Global Challenges: Discovery and Innovation.” February 13-17, 2014. Chicago, IL.
September 11, 2013
Watch ASU researcher Hallie Eakin discuss the role of cotton farming with Arizona Horizon host Ted Simons.
July 16, 2013
Find our guest view, “Assessing Agricultural Needs in a New Era of Climate Information,” on page six of the Summer 2013 newsletter of the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center.
May 8, 2013
We were very pleased to organize a great panel discussion about energy, water, and agriculture at the Decision Center for a Desert City (DCDC) on February 27, 2013 as part of the Water/Climate Briefing series. The expert panel included:
- Brian Betcher, General Manager, Maricopa Stanfield Irrigation & Drainage District
- Ed Gerak, General Manager, Buckeye Water Conservation and Drainage District
- Katosha Nakai, Manager, Tribal Relations & Policy Development; Business Planning & Governmental Programs; Central Arizona Project
- Ron Rayner, Partner/Manager, A Tumbling T Ranches
- Karen Smith, Fellow, Grand Canyon Institute
You can watch the video of the discussion here: http://vimeo.com/61281649
We owe a big thank you to the panelists for sharing their time and expertise, as well as to DCDC (especially Liz Marquez and Sarah Jones) for hosting and helping us organize the event, and all those who attended. We learned a lot, and hope you will, too!
The Dynamics of Energy and Water for Central Arizona Agriculture. (2013, 27 February). Panel discussion, DCDC Water/Climate Briefing. http://dcdc.asu.edu/outreach/waterclimate-briefings/
Our project sent two posters to the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) Annual Conference in Tucson, AZ in March 2013.
Cathy Rubiños, a graduate research assistant on the project, built on the poster Chrissie presented at AAAS, presenting a more advanced analysis of the results from the project’s survey with Central Arizona farmers.
Rubiños, C., York, A., Eakin, H., Aggarwal, R.M., Bausch, J.C., Skaidra Smith-Heisters, Smith-Heisters, S., Waters, S., & Anderies, M. Water and Agriculture in Central Arizona: Adapting to New Scenarios. Water Resources Research Center 2013 Annual Conference, University of Arizona. March 5, 2013. Tucson, AZ.
Skaidra Smith-Heisters, a graduate research assistant on the project, presented this poster exploring agricultural water use as an example of the private provisioning of public goods:
Smith-Heisters, S., York, A.M., Bausch, J.C. (2013, 5 March) Private Provisioning of Public Adaptation Goods: The Case of Irrigated Agriculture in Central Arizona. Poster presented at “Water Security from the Ground Up,” Water Resources Research Center 2013 Annual Conference, University of Arizona. March 5, 2013. Tucson, AZ.
February 20, 2013
Julia “Chrissie” Bausch, a graduate research assistant on the project, presented this poster at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in February, 2013. This poster describes and discusses select preliminary results from the survey we did with Central Arizona farmers.
Bausch, J.C., Rubiños, C., Eakin, H., York, A.M., & Aggarwal, R.M. (2013, 17 February). Farmers’ Resilience to Socio-Ecological Change in Central Arizona. Poster presented at the AAAS 2013 Annual Meeting: The Beauty and Benefits of Science. February 14-18, 2013. Boston, MA.
December 1, 2012
A PDF of the presentation slides (led by Abby York) from the meeting on November 30, 2012 are available for download here:
Please contact us with questions or comments. Thank you for your interest!
November 29, 2012
You can download a preliminary draft of the survey results summary here:
As we continue to analyze the data we will post updates. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. Thank you for your interest!
October 25, 2012
Dear Arizona Farmers,
Thank you for generously sharing your time with us to answer the survey on “Perspectives of Central Arizona Farmers on Water, Risk and Change in Agriculture.” We know you receive many questionnaires from different agencies, and your time is valuable. We would like to take this opportunity to share some initial findings. Fifty-two farmers responded to the survey, largely from within the Pinal and Phoenix AMAs.
Water scarcity is an emergent concern among respondents.
- Many respondents reported recently experiencing problems of water scarcity, primarily from high water demand, drought and infrastructural constraints.
- Many respondents believe that future water availability will differ from their past experience, and most believe that problems in water availability will emerge sooner rather than later.
Many respondents feel their current strategies may not be sufficient to meet future challenges, and are interested in learning more about anticipated regional changes.
- Many farmers are concerned that their current strategies and information sources will not be adequate to deal with future water challenges and report that high uncertainty about the future limits their capacity to make longer-term plans.
- A majority of respondents are interested in learning more about anticipated climatic and hydrological changes and agricultural impacts in the region.
While respondents are unsure of the future of agriculture in Arizona, they express strong commitment to their profession and to the region.
- Respondents consider farming a way of life. A majority expresses a commitment to farming as long as they can in the region.
- Respondents also express a commitment to helping other growers in the region, and feel their success depends on the success of other growers.
- While respondents feel agriculture offers many benefits to Arizona beyond the commodities produced, many feel that these values are not sufficiently appreciated by policy makers.
We would like to reiterate our deep appreciation for your participation and support in the survey. In the coming weeks, we will post the full survey results here on this website (http://azfarmersurvey.wordpress.com/) and we welcome your feedback. In addition, we will be holding workshops with policy makers to convey results in 2013. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or comments.
Hallie Eakin, Assoc. Professor Summer Waters, Extension Agent, Water Resources
Arizona State University UofA Cooperative Extension, Maricopa County