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Hay waits to be raked in July just outside Steamboat Springs. An important topic at the Colorado Water Congress' Summer Conference was the drying out of irrigated agriculture lands. Hay, alfalfa and pastureland make up the majority of irrigated agriculture in the Colorado River Basin, according to the 2009 U.S. Department of Agriculture Census of Agriculture.

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Report considers economic impact of Western irrigated agriculture

The issue that loomed large at the Colorado Water Congress’ Summer Conference was the drying out of agriculture.

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