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Yuma Ag Setting the Example in Water Management

Arizona Edition Live

Show Number 37

On this episode of Arizona Edition Live, KAWC’s Lou Gum speaks with Bobbi McDermott, former District Conservationist for the United States Department of Agriculture. McDermott touched on the region's largest industry and how water efficiency has evolved in local fields.

She said 40 years ago Yuma growers used 20 percent more water than they use today - pointing out that Yuma agriculture is a world class venture and a model of water use.

She also talked about how Yuma growers manage their water, the infrastructure in place to move the precious resource to local fields and shed light on how efficiency evolved to create the world class system that exists today.

Arizona Edition Live airs every Friday at 9:00 a.m. on KAWC 88.9 FM and KAWC.org. It rebroadcasts Saturday mornings at 11:00 a.m.

Lou grew up in Tucson and has a long family history in the state of Arizona. He began his public radio career in 1988 at KNAU in Flagstaff as a classical music DJ and has been hooked on public radio since, transitioning to news after trying his hand at several other careers in publishing and commercial broadcasting. Lou has a degree in American Studies from Arizona State University and was KAWC's Morning Edition host for two and half years before becoming News and Operations Director.
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