Fallowing Farmland in the Sun Corridor

A pilot farmland-fallowing project which will begin in January 2014 will pay Arizona’s farmers not to grow crops. This will free-up water that could be transferred to cities in the Sun Corridor, a metropolitan region centered in Phoenix. Population in this area could increase 50 percent by 2040 to 9 million residents, according to researchers at Arizona State University. This farm fallowing program is similar to efforts in California. Fallowing agreements have proved popular in Southern California over the last decade. In 2004, the Palo Verde Irrigation District and the Metropolitan Water District, which represents water providers for primarily urban areas, signed a 35-year fallowing agreement.