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Agriculture is a major user of ground and surface water in the United States

Agricultural production accounted for approximately 40 percent of the Nation's water withdrawals and 85 percent of total water consumption in 2005. Irrigated agriculture makes a significant contribution to the value of U.S. agricultural production, but also accounts for the largest share of the Nation's water consumption. Roughly 57 million acres—or 7.5 percent of all U.S. cropland and pastureland—were irrigated in 2007, nearly three-quarters of which are in the 17 western-most contiguous States. Irrigated farms were responsible for roughly 40 percent of the total value of U.S. agricultural production in 2007.

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Last updated: Monday, September 16, 2013

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