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World Food Shortages, Food Inflation, Shrinking Arable Farm Land, Water Shortages, and Water Rights

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Leading the way to higher food production utilizing less water and energy is a lofty goal to feed the increasingly hungry world. As the population expands demand will increase energy and fresh water use are both exponentially becoming critical to humanities ability to not only survive but save our planet.

Food production requires both energy and water. Quality food production without growth hormones, pesticides, and many other types of toxins has become high priority for many consumers. Look at Whole Foods success and the organic food craze. Who in the world would not choose a healthier diet given the opportunity?

So how do we get from old traditional farming techniques to a more efficient, productive, resource conserving food producing world? Can the free market with innovation and capitalism driven by consumer demand really make the numbers work? New innovative irrigation technology has made huge strides in recent years in both production and water consumption. We all know the government spending our money, picking winners and losers is not the answer, it up to you and me.

From the beginning of cultivation and farming, they have lived and died by the fickle and unpredictable weather, praying for rain, cursing floods and drought. Weather affects crops to the extreme. Our world weather patterns are becoming increasingly unpredictable. You can not argue with the statistics, the ice caps are melting and the last ten years have had record warm temperatures. Drought currently grips much of the world. The weather has the potential to put world food supplies at extremely vulnerable levels in the near future.

Drought and flooding today is having a dramatic affect on food production in Europe, China, Africa, America, and Russia

As the wealth effect spreads throughout the emerging markets, protein is in increasingly higher demand. This is not a fad; China and India are demanding more beef, pork, dairy, and poultry. These countries consist of billions of consumers; all who would like to eat more like Americans, less rice! The middle class in these countries is exploding and they now have the discretionary income to demand higher quality foods. China has 20 percent of the world’s population and only 7 percent of the arable farm land. They have a serious problem with drought right now compounding their dilemma.

At the same time the aquifers of the world are dropping. Much of the world’s food production is not only subject to fickle weather patterns requiring the pumping ground water. This resource may be a far greater problem than peak oil. It is a combination of dwindling availability and contamination.

The average cow will drink 30 to 50 gallons of fresh water or a bath tub full per day, and eat up 90 pounds of feed. Hogs or pork production is not much different. Growing corn requires nearly 3000 gallons of water per bushel, Alfalfa requires about one acre foot per ton of hay, which is 325,851 gallons of fresh water per ton. These farm animals are the only source of the beef and pork the world demands. Cows are of course the primary source of dairy. All protein rich foods.

Speaking of the cattle, pork, and dairy industries, if you think you can keep antibiotics out of animals, dairy, and farming, you are dreaming. Prior to penicillin people regularly died from simple infections. You or some of the people you love would be dead today if you had been denied antibiotics.

So this brings us to the balance of the human food sources, fruits, vegetables, and grains. None of these grow without fresh water and good quality arable farm ground. Arable farm is a shrinking natural resource world wide. Aquifers world wide are dropping and irrigation pumping restrictions and reductions are becoming common in some of the most fertile and productive growing areas in the world.

The world will reward richly those who can produce quality food utilizing less water, less energy, and less land, or better yet turn today‘s unproductive lands into food producing regions.

Nevada has abundant affordable land, sunshine, and excellent solar intensity. Much of this land does not produce crops today. Can geothermal climate control coupled with solar, heat and cool green houses? Can hydroponics growing techniques reduce water consumption? Is it possible to eliminate the weather risk and seasonal limitations in farming by bringing farming indoors?

There are many ways you protect yourself and help solve the inevitable food and water shortages. Build your own greenhouse, get some egg laying chickens, get involved in your community gardening program or help develop one. Become educated about water consumption and use. Plant a garden. Move to a small farm .

If you are interested in the business opportunity utilizing affordable land to bring food production indoors in Nevada, call Chris W. Miller at 435-862-5951. We have the business plans, water rights, and the land.

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Will There Be Water?

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Will There Be Water? 

In the space of a lifetime, critical issues about water use, and the availability of fresh water will confront the world. Food production, municipalities, industry, and energy will all compete for a dwindling natural resource, Water.

 

Excerpts from Southwest Hydrology September/October 2008, with some Commentary!

Early in U.S. history, public policy was fashioned to encourage settlement of the West. Laws such as the Homestead Act of 1862 and the Desert Lands Act of 1877 were framed to transfer government land to settlers. In 1902 the Reclamation Act provided funding for construction and maintenance of western irrigation projects. In its first annual report (1903), Reclamation had this to say” so that the remaining public lands will furnish the greatest possible number of homes, is an object worthy of the sustained effort of enlightened and patriotic citizens”. The public works that followed included such things as Hoover Dam, Shasta Dam, Newlands project, Yuma Project, Klamath project, Hetchy Aqueduct, and many more. With the 1902 Reclamation act the face of the West was changed forever. It must be pointed out and understood, these efforts and projects were directed at irrigation needs, based on a population that farmed for a living. Nothing like the urban shifts projected today!

Basin and Range Carbonite Aquifer System Study

What is a Water Table?

NASA Data Reveal Major Groundwater Loss in California

Groundwater Depletion Rate Accelerating Worldwide

Then came the drought-at a magnitude that had no probability of occurring, according to U.S. Bureau of Reclamation models based on a century of historical data. Sorry science guys, in the big picture, a century of data, barely counts as a data base.

In the blink of an eye, half a decades work to manage the Colorado River and meet the supply requirement and commitments has faded, as have the water levels in the Colorado River’s two prime reservoirs. Lake Mead and Lake Powell.   Today science is telling to expect less in the furture.

Lake Powell Water Levels

The opportunity to own water rights in this arid region, especially at today’s prices will soon go by the way side. This offering price is currently subject to change without notice.

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Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Fortune magazine, Clear back in the June 22, 2009 issue there was a good article on “Why Farm Land is Hot”. Why ETF’s are investing today for the long haul on the food and water shortages in our future. From 1960 to 2000 the world went from over one acre of arable land per person to just over a half acre of arable land per person.

 

Growing populations and the shrinking supply of arable land will be a key focus of humanity as millions starve in the not too distant future. Water in many locations is the key to food production.

 

Water rights in Nevada are our most valuable resource. Irrigated agricultural land is available and the prices are increasing. Many basins in Nevada are closed to any future additional water rights; the supply side is very limited and will not increase. While demand continues to grow, with or without future housing developments.

We have cattle ranches with live springs filling stock tanks to water the cattle, and the ranch owns those water rights. We have sections of land with irrigation pivots watering grains like wheat and barley, as well as potatoes, and alfalfa. These irrigation pivots are fed from wells on the land and the farmers own those water rights.

Many farmers are looking to lease this farm and ranch ground, offering reasonable rates of return to investors. You can own a half full strip mall with falling rents and potential future higher vacancy rates, or farm land with water rights.

If you have the means and are still not sure of the future demand, check out what the executives from some the  nation’s largest agricultural companies have to say about the future demand.
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Water Shortages, Water Rights and Nevada’s Great Basin Water

Saturday, July 31st, 2010
The Great Basin is unique when it comes to water because the rivers have no outlet to the sea.
It is made up of many smaller drainage basins.
 
There is a complicated system of hydrology below the very interesting geology and topography of fractured, tilted plates of the Earth’s crust, that make up the Great Basin. Often referred to as Basin and Range because those tilted plates create mountain ranges that run from north to south. As the Earths crust stretched, cracked and tilted, it created large dry valleys or basins between the ranges. These basins can be compared to bowls that collect the snowmelt off the mountains. The alluvial fans are like great sponges, absorbing the meltwater into the ground. The snowpack is the primary recharge for the aquifers.
 
Nevada and the Great Basin is divided by the Nevada State Engineers Office into 256 ground water basins, some are “designated basins“. Designated basins, when it comes to water, may only be open to additional allocations for preferred uses, like municipalities for additional pumping.
 
Scientists are and have been measuring water table levels, spring flow rates, and precipitation for many years. We know pumping affects water table levels. We know the average precipitation, but then that is history. Today drought is in the news and many scientists believe more drought is likely in our future, due to climate pattern changes taking place. Future recharge rates are speculative.
 
They know the maximum consumption allowed by the existing recorded water rights. Not all basins are decreed and some additional rights could be out there and are not recorded but valid. Domestic wells are generally not considered, no permit is required to drill a domestic well, and they are limited to two acre feet per year in consumption.
 
The terminology of Hydrology seems very complicated, at least for this layperson. The science, like most science attempting to make future projections is speculative, especially the flows between the many basins and the aquifer recharge rates. New discoveries in all science fields rewrite what we thought we knew as fact, everyday.
 
Unfortunately, we may not have the answers to some of the most important questions until the water tables have dropped and the Seeps and Springs are gone. The scientists can not tell us when the flow rates of Seeps and the Springs may slow, or even dry up. The truth is they can only speculate. They do not know how drought will affect recharge rates of the aquifers, and they certainly do not know how long or severe the drought may be. There is far more that science is unsure of, than there is that can be actually guaranteed.
 
July 27, 2010 at the Aspen Institute’s Environment Forum, Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt at the “Hot and Dry: Water in the West and the World,” told the audience,
“Water scarcity is an issue, not everywhere, but in some regions. The American Southwest is not one of those regions where there is water scarcity. It’s hard to believe given all the hyping in the national and local and regional press.”
This is right in line with Pat Mulroy’s statement when she said, “The hyperbole (hyper exaggerations) coming from rural Nevadan’s about their water table concerns was childish.”
You have to wonder what motivates Mr. Babbitt to say such a stupid thing, but then Pat Mulroy was also on the three person panel with him, and they were in Aspen Colorado. A poster child for conspicuous consumption and environmental lunatics. These are people who would like to tell you how many children you are allowed to have, and how large your carbon footprint can be, as they fly off in their private jet. They are asking for more of your dollars in the form of Obama’s Green stimulus money. Watch the forum videos! 

They have already spent $ 80 Billion Dollars on Green stimulus bailout, and by the way, Harry Reid is claiming credit for the few short term jobs in Nevada this money created in his political race against Sharron Angle.

Southern Nevada Water Authority has proposed a pipeline from Las Vegas through Lincoln County and continuing into White Pine County on to the North. The Las Vegas Valley water district, now SNWA, filed 146 ground water applications in 1989 for undeveloped, unproven ground water in Eastern Nevada. This spark has lit the fuse for the battles to come. They do not at this time have approval for the water needed to supply this pipeline. 

The Colorado River Compact allows Las Vegas 400,000 acre feet of water from Lake Mead. On average, one acre foot will supply two homes per year. A study by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego said there’s a 50 percent chance that Lake Mead, could run dry by 2021. In the last ten years Lake Mead has dropped from around 1200 ft. to below 1100 ft. today. At 1050 ft. Hoover Dam will stop generating electricity, and at 1000 ft. Las Vegas will lose the lower intake for the city‘s water supply. 

Currently Lake Mead (The Colorado River) supplies 90% of the water to the Las Vegas Metro area. The Colorado River serves Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming, Utah, and Mexico, over 30 million people live in this region. We now know that based on the twenty year river flow study leading up to the Colorado River Compact in 1922, the river was over allocated by one million acre feet when the compact was signed and the shortage has only become worse. 

The NASA/German Aerospace Center Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (Grace) study has found since 2003 the aquifers for California’s primary agricultural region the Central Valley and its major mountain water source the Sierra Nevada have lost nearly enough water combined to fill Lake Mead, America’s largest reservoir. This area represents nearly one sixth of all the United States irrigated land and the dropping water tables have the potential to have huge implications to the US economy. 

None of this news is new , in fact the warnings have been ignored for over one hundred years. Panelists Bruce Babbit, Pat Mulroy, Sandra Postel and The Aspen Institute’s Environment Forum are apparently more interested in advancing their agenda than dealing with facts and truth. 

John Wesley Powell told the International Irrigation Congress in Los Angeles in 1893,

 

 

“You are piling up a heritage of conflict and litigation over the water rights, there is no sufficient water to supply the land.”

 

Many, many scientific studies today are clearly confirming his thoughts.

I wonder what John Wesley Powell would think today? 

How limited are your water resources?

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    FHA Eyes Rules Change

    Monday, January 25th, 2010

    Home Buyers sitting on the Fence Should Know This

    Currently FHA has been playing a large role in home mortgage lending. The relatively easy to qualify for and low down payment requirements have made FHA loans attractive to many of today’s home buyers, FHA Does not actually Loan money to home buyers, but insures lenders against default on loans that meet FHA criteria.

    Some rules changes are on the way to FHA guidelines. They will include higher upfront insurance premium, current buyers pay 1.75% of the loan amount that will go to 2.25%, that will be the second increase in two years.

    The current value of the FHA’s reserves to cover losses has fallen to $3.6 billion, less than.05% of the roughly $680 billion in loans outstanding, down from 3% a year earlier.

    In addition the agency may ask for buyers to pay annual premiums. FHA runs a risk of coming up short and may be forced to go to congress to ask for a bail out of its own for the first time in history.

    Today only a 3.5% down payment is required on FHA loans. There has been much criticism, that FHA is only prolonging the current crisis, and even creating a new bubble of buyers unable to afford the home they are buying.

    There is speculation FHA will increase the required down payment to ten percent, this idea is supported by many housing analysts. As well reducing the amount sellers can contribute to the costs of sale for the buyer from 6% to 3%.

    That seller’s contribution has undoubtedly lead to inflated pricing to give the seller the funds to pay the buyers costs. This artificial inflating of prices to allow people to buy homes by paying their down payments and closing costs sounds the reverse of what the market needs right now.

    For now Mesquite Nevada real estate home buyers still have USDA financing available, a low down payment program. It could be gone with the 2010 census if we have grown above the 20,000 population mark.

    Chris W. Miller has 33 years in the real estate industry, was trained and worked as a financial advisor for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and currently specializes in Irrigated Nevada land with water rights with ERA Brokers Consolidated in Mesquite Nevada. He can be reached at 702-346-7200 or chris@mesquitemarket.com
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    Food, Water and Real World Issues, Copenhagen’s Missing Ingredient

    Monday, November 30th, 2009

    When the well runs dry
    Las Vegas depends on Lake Mead, the Colorado River for its water supply. So do the other six states that are parties to theColorado River Pact of 1922. California grows much of the produce you eat.


    The Ogallala
    has been over drafted for the last 60 years and it will not last forever. From the North Plains District,
    The Ogallala Aquifer within the boundaries of the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District is declining at an average of 1.74 feet per year (1,082,631 acre ft).
    Could the well run dry and if so what next?
    Can they conserve and save it?


    The Memphis Alluvial
    along the Mississippi River is being over drafted to the extreme in places, who would have thought this part of the country would have water issues.

    Washington State certainly gets plenty of rain how could they have water problems? Yet
    Washington State has an aquifer in trouble.

    While they argue about global warming at the Copenhagen Global Warming conference and the politicians figure out cap and tax, our ground water,
    our aquifers,
    are in trouble all over the country.

    Water rights in Nevada are owned as an appurtenance to the land.

    If you would like to learn more about Nevada Ranch land and Nevada’s Irrigated Farm land market,

    Chris W. Miller specializes in this area of the real estate business, this is a specialized Business.

    Dedicated Land Professionals with the Answers You Need.

    Nevada Land opportunities in Irrigated Farm and Ranch Land with Water Rights.

    Water Rights For Sale on Irrigated Nevada Farms and Ranch Land

    1200 Acre Ranch with Live springs and Water Rights

    4.5 sections, 17 Wells, 18 Pivots Irrigated Farm

    2000 Acres Irrigated, 10 Wells, Nice Nevada Farm Land

    1000 Deeded, 33,479 Acre Grazing Lease Cattle Ranch With Water Rights

    266 Acres, 821 Acre Feet of Ground Water Rights, BLM Grazing Leases

    These are a sampling of the types of Nevada Ranch properties available. For more information on Nevada Farm and Ranch Land Call Chris

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    Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

    Nevada Ranches and Farms, in general own their water rights. These water rights are sold as an appurtenance to the land.

    Land in Nevada without water can be desolate. Most every Nevada Ranch and Farm has water rights. For more information on Nevada water rights the Nevada State Engineers office is your best bet. The State Engineers office regulates and controls water rights in Nevada.

    Water rights being sold with Nevada farms and ranches may be for irrigation, livestock watering, or domestic use. It may come from live springs, artesian wells or be pumped ground water. Regardless the use or source, they must have have water rights to utilize that water. Some Nevada ranches own water rights located on public lands and have BLM grazing leases.

    A single household can use a domestic well without any special rights. Nevada ranch property and farms need certified water rights.

    Water in Nevada is scarce, a valuable resource to be protected and managed. Fresh water around the world is becoming a coveted commodity.  Nevada’s Irrigated Farms and Ranch land with water rights provide food for the world, and jobs as well as a quality lifestyle for those who operate them.

    Since the State of Nevada has more public land than any other in the lower 48, privately owned Nevada Farms and Ranches tend to be few and far between. Again land in Nevada without water tends to be rather barren.

    The State of Nevada is divided into water basins, many basins are closed to any future allocations. They will not issue additional permits in these areas to use the water resources. While demand increases, supply is very limited.

    If you would like to learn more about Nevada Ranch land and Nevada’s Irrigated Farm land market,

    Chris W. Miller specializes in this area of the real estate business, this is a specialized Business.

    Dedicated Land Professionals with the Answers You Need.

    Nevada Land opportunities in Irrigated Farm and Ranch Land with Water Rights.

     Land in Nevada Blog 

    Water Rights For Sale on Irrigated Nevada Farms and Ranch Land

     1200 Acre Ranch with Live springs and Water Rights 

     4.5 sections, 17 Wells, 18 Pivots Irrigated Farm

    2000 Acres Irrigated, 10 Wells, Nice Nevada Farm Land

    1000 Deeded, 33,479 Acre Grazing Lease Cattle Ranch With Water Rights

    266 Acres, 821 Acre Feet of Ground Water Rights, BLM Grazing Leases

    These are a sampling of the types of Nevada Ranch properties available. For more information on Nevada Farm and Ranch Land Call Chris

    Chris W. Miller

    ERA Brokers Consolidated

    Mesquite NV  89027

    702- 346-7200

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    Investing in Nevada Irrigated Farm and Ranch Land with Water Rights

    Monday, October 26th, 2009

    When most people think of farm land and ranch property, they think open ranges, hay fields, cattle and cowboys riding horses.

     

    Wall Street seems like a far off place in another world. A fast paced place driven by profit and greed.

     

    It seems the classic contradiction, slower paced, straight talking, down to earth folks making their living off the land verses the Bernie Madoff and George Soros types.

     

    Truth is, the story I am about to tell you just may be a little sad, because Wall Street is buying up the farm. Over the past few years investment power houses like BlackRock, and retirement plan giants like TIAA-CREF has been plowing money into farmland. In Nevada farm land generally means land with water rights, due to the arid climate.

     

    These are smart people who are motivated by money and profit.

     

    Here is the deal; the fundamentals are in place for a long term boom in prices for everything AG-related. Consider this; in 1960 there were 1.1 acres of arable farmland per person globally, according to data from the United Nations. By 2000 that number had fallen to .6 acres. Over the next 40 years the world population is projected to grow from 6 billion to 9 billion.

     

    According to Joachim von Braun, director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute, “Land is scarce and will become scarcer as the world has to double food output to satisfy increased demand by 2050”. “With limited land and water resources, this will automatically lead to increased valuations of productive land.” Von Braun goes on to say, “It goes hand in hand with water, Water scarcity will probably increase even more than land.”

     

    Water in Nevada is today in short supply and clearly demand will outpace supply as they continue to close basins to new permits. Water rights in Nevada have another issue facing the dwindling supply, the demographic shift of the baby boomers to the more tax favorable warmer climate. Choices, decisions, are being made today, do we use the water for agriculture and food production, or do we pipe to Las Vegas for culinary use.

     

    Farmers and ranchers want to stay in the business, but millions of dollars waved under their noses make it tough to say no to the sale. Many will stay on and lease to continue to live the lifestyle they love. These lease payments are cash flow on the investments. Could it be a win-win situation?

     

    Commodities guru Jim Rogers says, “I’m convinced that farmland is going to be one of the best investments of our time.” 

     

    Meanwhile, B.L. Harris, acting director of the Texas Water Resource Institute, knows well the problems of the Ogallala system. “The one big issue with regard to the Ogallala is the fact that the annual recharge is much, much lower than the extraction rate that we are putting on the aquifer at the present time. The aquifer is over-drafted to a substantial extent.” The Ogallala is one of the world’s largest aquifers covering 174,000 square miles; it runs from South Dakota to Texas. Some estimates say it will dry up in as little as 25 years.

     

    Farmers are smart and they talk, they may wear overalls and talk funny, but farming is older than Wall Street. Water and food are the sources of life for the planet, demand is guaranteed to grow. There are few guarantees on Wall Street. Farming is a difficult business, but it is a fine tuned machine, executed right it is a profit opportunity.

     

    Chris W. Miller is Nevada irrigated farm and ranch land specialist with ERA Brokers Consolidated. Chris has Nevada farms as small as 266 acres with ground water rights, to Nevada cattle ranches as large as 34,000 acres including rangeland leases, listed and available for sale. For information about Nevada farm and ranch land with water rights call Chris today 702-346-7200 or 435-862-5951

    Chris W. Miller

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    Mesquite NV  89027

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    Land, Food, Agriculture, and Water Rights in Nevada

    Friday, October 23rd, 2009

    Fortune magazine, June 22, 2009 issue has a good article on “Why Farm Land is Hot”. Why ETF’s are investing today for the long haul on the food and water shortages in our future. From 1960 to 2000 the world went from over one acre of arable land per person to just over a half acre of arable land per person.

    Growing populations and the shrinking supply of arable land will be a key focus of humanity as millions starve in the not too distant future. Water in many locations is the key to food production.

    Water rights in Nevada are our most valuable resource. Irrigated agricultural land is available and the prices are increasing. Many basins in Nevada are closed to any future additional water rights; the supply side is very limited and will not increase. While demand continues to grow, with or without future housing developments.

    We have cattle ranches with live springs filling stock tanks to water the cattle, and the ranch owns those water rights. We have sections of land with irrigation pivots watering grains like wheat and barley, as well as potatoes, and alfalfa. These irrigation pivots are fed from wells on the land and the farmers own those water rights.

    Many farmers are willing to pay handsome lease payments to farm this ground, offering good rates of return to investors. You can own a half full strip mall with falling rents and potential future higher vacancy rates, or farm land with water rights.

    If you have the means and are still not sure of the future demand, check out what the executives from some the nation’s largest agricultural companies have to say about the future demand.

    Chris W. Miller

    ERA Brokers Consolidated

    Mesquite NV  89027

    702- 346-7200

    435-862-5951

    Mesquite Market

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    Land and Water Rights in Nevada

    Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

    Interested in the future of Real Estate development and agribusiness in Nevada? 

    Look closely at the water supply

    Southern Nevada Water Authority is planning a 327 mile pipeline to bring more water to the Las Vegas Valley at a cost of 3.5 billion dollars. This fact alone should tell you something about the available supply.

    Whether it is climate change, normal drought,  or increased demand, the future for water’s value has only one way to go. One thing is certain, we can not live with out it.

    Some say water will be more valuable than oil to future generations. At the most basic level it already is.

    Nevada Water Resources is sponsoring a dinner September 22, 2009, “Water Crisis in California: Challenges Faced by Metropolitan Water District to Adapt to Long-term Water Curtailments”.

    The term “prior appropriation” when it comes to water rights in Nevada could become very meaningful to those who may be asked to turn off the pumps. The State Engineers Office states it this way;

    Nevada’s first water statute was enacted in 1866 and has been amended many times since then. Today, the law serves the people of Nevada by managing the state’s valuable water resources in a fair and equitable manner. Nevada water law has the flexibility to accommodate new and growing uses of water in Nevada while protecting those who have used the water in the past.

    Nevada water law is based on two fundamental concepts: prior appropriation and beneficial use. Prior appropriation (also known as “first in time, first in right”) allows for the orderly use of the state’s water resources by granting priority to senior water rights. This concept ensures the senior uses are protected, even as new uses for water are allocated.

    Irrigated Farm Land and Ranching operations in Nevada generally own their water rights.  Farm and Ranch properties like  Diamond Springs RanchFlatnose RanchAdams PeakEden Valley, and others like the 265 acres in Lincoln County are all opportunities to own water rights.

    Areas of the state that are projected to experience explosive growth in the future in Lincoln County Nevada,   often referred to as transition land.

    If you would like to learn more about Nevada land for sale with water rights, I am here to serve you.

    Please call Chris W. Miller at ERA Brokers Consolidated 435-862-5951 or702-346-7200
     

    Chris W. Miller

    ERA Brokers Consolidated

    Mesquite NV  89027

    702- 346-7200

    435-862-5951

    Mesquite Market

    chris@mesquitemarket.com

    Lincoln County Land Market

    Nevada Ranch Properties