Scottsbluff, Nebraska is a small rural community in western Nebraska that developed based on the fundamentals of agriculture. As of 2012, the population of Scotts Bluff County was 36,964. From the total population, farmers make up a large percent of the individuals included in this population. According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture, there were 730 farms in Scotts Bluff County, located over a total of 360,286 acres of land. This makes the average farm size in 2007, 494 acres (Scotts Bluff County Nebraska, 2007). For most people, these numbers may not sound like anything significant, but for my hometown community, these farms have a significant impact on the area and are important for the development of our society.
Many people know Scotts Bluff County as one of the best crop growing areas in the state. According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture, the top five crops grown in Scotts Bluff County were corn, forage, beans, sugar beets, and wheat. In fact, the quality and rates of bean production were so good in 2007 that Scotts Bluff County earned a number one ranking out of the entire state of Nebraska, and a number two ranking for the production of sugar beets. (Scotts Bluff County Nebraska, 2007).
In order for Scotts Bluff County to maintain these exceptional production rates, several different factors come into play for contributing to the successful outcome of the crop production in this area. One factor that plays an important role in the production is the amount of water resources that are available in Scotts Bluff County. If farmers are unable to get the quantity of water necessary to grow their crops, the crops will begin to suffer damage, resulting in a lower rate of crop production and profit. Therefore, in order to manage the water supply, an irrigation company intervenes by controlling the amount of water distributed to each farm. These irrigation companies are responsible for releasing the appropriate amount of ditch water to all of the farms in the area according to a specified allotment allowed for each farm. Farmers will receive this water after making a request to the irrigation company. By doing this, the farms in Scotts Bluff County are able to provide a quality amount of water to their crops, which in turn, gives the farmers a good production of crops and profit.
However, when other factors such as climate come into play, more conditions and resources have to be taken into consideration. For example, the temperature has been on the rise over the past few years. When the climate becomes hot and dry, farmers have to come up with a plan so that they are still able to be productive with the little moisture they may receive. Although earth will always contain the same amount of water, due to the water cycle, the water that was once easily available is now becoming scarce. Having less water readily available, means that farmers cannot receive their allotted amount, something my hometown has been experiencing...