Drought and Misguided Focus

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Drought, Food, and The Future

Drought, Food, and The Future
The drought has brought in sharp focus many issues, fundamentally it is about water, lack of water. Water however is no where near the top of the discussions we hear.
Perspectives shape views, concerns range from crop production, farm losses, food prices, balance between energy and food ratios, inflation. Food shortages have lead to at least a few regimes demise through out history. Remember, drought is about lack of water.
This brings us to a whole new view and issues, aquifers, drawdown and recharge, we are pumping water out far faster than it is replenishing itself. Some large aquifers are in fact expected by science to go dry. The Ogallala is ancient glacial water, the recharge source has been gone for thousands of years. The Ogallala is the largest aquifer in America.
Since the 1950’s, “predevelopment” when we your started pumping water out of Ogallala with electric pumps instead of windmills, the water table level has been dropping.
Unfortunately, this is a fact worldwide. So food production to feed the estimated nine billion world population twenty five years from now, must be the bigger question.
Questions from an individuals point of view could be, how can I and my offspring really be prepared. Personal responsibility and an individualistic spirit exemplified our ancestors. What can I do now to be prepared, for the generations to come.
Your water source is the key, do you depend on a municipal system? How secure do feel about that? Are you looking forward to a time when the ability to produce a percentage of your our required nutrition may be required? Remember the 2012 drought is leading to food shortages worldwide with six billion people today. World population is expected to increase by fifty percent in the next twenty five years.
With a relatively small parcel of land you can produce; grass feed beef, poultry, eggs, pork, fruits, vegetables, even milk, cheese, and fish, but you have to have a stable supply of water. It is a ton of work. It is how most Americans got through the depression, self sufficiency. We have superior tools and technology than they did. Greenhouses, electric well pumps, solar applications, aquaponics, kitchen counter sized milk pasteurizers. The list goes on and on. Self sustainable lifestyles are considerably easier today than it was in the 1930’s.
The oil industry, hydrology, geology, climate change studies, well monitoring, flow gauge measurements of seeps and springs, weather monitoring of precipitation and snow pack, all add to our data and knowledge about what is going on below the surface of the land. We have a great deal of science regarding which water sources are stable, or in balance and which are not or may not be.
Where you own land will determine whether you have water or not.

What are you going to do when the Grocery Store Shelves are EMPTY?

Most people have tendency to think, it will not happen to me. Americans in particular feel it could never happen in America. Those who ignore the science about water supply and food production are playing a dangerous game, like the ostrich with his head in the sand.

If you prepare now with land and quality dependable water source, you may be able to feed yourself and others.

I sell small tracts of land which you can drill your own well on and pump up to 50,000 gallons per month, two acre feet per year. They start at $15,000 and are located in Lincoln County Nevada.

You can be self sufficient and live a sustainable lifestyle, but you must be preparing today.

Let me know if I can help you get prepared.

Chris W. Miller, Farm and Ranch Brokerage with Water Rights

Chris W. Miller specializes in Land in Nevada with water rights. Nevada irrigated farm, alfalfa farms, ranch land, cattle ranches, agricultural land, with water rights. He is an agent with Vegas Grand Realty & Property Management and can be reached at 435-862-5951. He has over 35 years real estate experience and writes about current market conditions, Information every informed buyer and seller should know.

As drought and flooding ravages much of the countries agricultural states, Nevada’s Great Basin has remained relatively stable. Water allocation management in the many basins by the Nevada State Engineer is a top priority. This close monitoring has led to many basins being closed to any future or further allocation. As Water Shortages around the world become headline news, existing water right owners will benefit from the increased demands and limited supply. Priority dates of rights will likely come into play in many areas.

Western water rights laws go back to the time of John Wesley Powell, when he told the International Irrigation Congress in Los Angeles in 1893,
“You are piling up a heritage of conflict and litigation over the water rights, there is no sufficient water to supply the land.”
Many, many scientific studies today are clearly confirming his thoughts.
The Colorado River Compact signed on November 24, 1922 was based on a twenty study of the average river flow. We know today ninety years later, that was about one million acre MORE than it has averaged since, it was over allocated in 1922! Thirty million people now rely on the water from the Colorado, and one sixth of our nations irrigated land sits under the Central Valley in California. A recent NASA study indicates this aquifer has lost the equivalent of the water stored in Lake Mead at Full capacity. This is the largest man made reservoir in the United States. Many scientists believe the Ogallala or the Great Plains Aquifer, one of the largest in the world, covering some 174,000 square miles could be dry in the not to distant future. It is a shallow aquifer under extreme pumping pressure

Want to learn more about farming, ranching, irrigation and water supply. I am here to assist you in understanding the important questions you need to be asking if you are investing in land with water rights. Call me!

Which is the largest man made reservoir in the United States?

Chris W. Miller

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Ranch Land, Herd Size, Drought and Water Rights

Ranch Land, Herd Size, Drought, Ground Water, and Water Rights 

Irrigated Farm Land, Cattle Ranches with Water Rights listed and sold here.Much of Nevada land is public owned lands. Nevada has the most public lands in the continental United States, much of it is managed by the BLM or Bureau of Land Management. Water Rights on Ranch land in Nevada is our most precious resource.

Many Nevada Ranches have BLM range land leases for grazing livestock. For instance, you can own 1000 acres and have grazing access to 40,000 acres through these lease arrangements. There are a few important considerations when shopping the ranch land market and leases. Are the water rights owned, is the land contiguous to the leases?

Range land condition and shared occupancy matter also. Are there wild horses on the ranges? While wild horses are beautiful and an American heritage, they can be very hard on the range land and compete with livestock for the food and water resources on the range land.

Water and drought are coming to the forefront in terms of farm and ranch land purchase considerations. Cattle herds are being sold off today due to lack of water and feed in much of the United States. This will lead to a shrinking supply of beef at your grocery store and of course higher prices.

Alfalfa hay supply is in very tight demand with rising prices. Relative to world population arable farm land continues to shrink.

Today it is not just drought that worries farmers and ranchers, ground water aquifers have begun to come into question. Falling ground water tables and regulations coming out of Washington DC’s EPA  are making some farm land useless. Investing in farm and ranch land continues to be a focus of some of Wall Street’s brightest investors.

Just as mineral rights are important to mining and oil companies, water rights are paramount to farmers and ranchers. However, if there are no minerals or water in the ground, rights matter not.

This area of real estate is specialized; it requires a special set of skills and market market knowledge. Issues like critical water shortages, range land quality, AUM regulation, basin allocation, water table stability, etc.

If you are interested in investing in farm or ranch land or you are considering a career in agriculture, you must be prepared. I will be happy to help you understand the important questions you need to be asking.

Chris W. Miller

Independence Realty

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