Journal of NACAA

Surviving These Drying Times: The Role of a Desert Agricultural Extension Agent

ISSN 2158-9429

Volume 16, Issue 2 - December 2023

Editor: Linda Chalker-Scott


Cooperative Extension should work with state policy makers to create well-crafted programs to address the needs of producers. By doing so, the statewide extension system can provide local county agents with a key to building trust and long-term relationships with producers. As producers face a myriad of risks and challenges, that relationship allows the county agent to invite academic specialists onto the farm to address specific issues and improve on-farm operations. Starting in 2022, the Cooperative Extension team at the University of Arizona leveraged a sizeable grant to support water irrigation efficiency on drought-stricken farms, deepening relationships between local county agents and the producers they serve.

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