The Economic Engine
families, many regional businesses, employers, local schools and
governments rely on irrigation from surface and groundwater sources for
approximately 475,000 acres of cropland in the North Platte Valley. At
an estimated $1,087 per acre, irrigation produces more than $516.4
million a year in crops alone. This does not include a multiplier for
jobs and other mutual benefits, like quality of life and affiliated
businesses that rely on a consistent water supply.