Arkansas Crop Irrigation
Arkansas ranks third in the nation for the area of irrigated land. It ranks second in the volume of water pumped for irrigation. To sustain agricultural production, a critical need is access to adequate water to grow crops profitably. About 80% of Arkansas’s irrigation demand is provided by groundwater provided by the Lower Mississippi River Basin (LMRB), of which only about 48% of the annual withdraw is sustainable. Water is critically important for Arkansas to support healthy ecosystems, quality of life and the economic well-being of Arkansas.