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February 12, 2013

The Dynamics of Energy and Water for Central Arizona Agriculture

Water, energy, and policy are intimately linked in the West.

Irrigated agriculture is particularly sensitive to changes in the source and price of energy, with implications for water demand, land use and economic activity in Central Arizona.

  • In what ways is Central Arizona agriculture sensitive to changing energy policy?
  • How can irrigation districts and farmers cope with the dynamics of energy and water prices?
  • What might different energy scenarios mean for the viability of central Arizona agriculture?

Join us in a discussion on February 27, 2013.


Brian Betcher, General Manager, Maricopa Stanfield Irrigation and Drainage District

Ed Gerak, General Manager, Buckeye Water Conservation and Drainage District

Katosha Nakai, Manager, Tribal Relations and Policy Development, Business Planning and Governmental Programs, Central Arizona Project

Ron Rayner, Partner/Manager, A Tumbling T Ranches

Karen Smith, Fellow, Grand Canyon Institute


Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 3:00-4:30p.m.

Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to:


Decision Center for a Desert City, 21 East 6th Street, Suite 126B, Tempe [Map]