Agricultural Economics Department


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Published by the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Copyright 2009 Regents of the University of Nebraska.


Nebraska is #1. According to the most recent U.S. 2007 Census of Agriculture (released in February of this year), Nebraska now has more irrigated farmland than any other state. It is common knowledge to observers of our agricultural economy that our state has been in an irrigation expansion mode for several years. But what may be surprising to many is that simultaneously, other major irrigation areas of the country have witnessed reduced irrigated acreage.