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GA farmers need more water

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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A new study from the University of Georgia shows that Georgia farmers will need 20% more water to grow their crops over the next four decades.

The report commissioned by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division shows farmers will need more water to meet the increased food demand and to compete globally.

Farmers we spoke with say irrigation is expensive and has gotten more pricey over the past couple years.

"I've been a farmer for a pretty good while and before it seemed like we always got sufficient rain but with the competition your talking about you have to make more off what you put in," said local farmer Kyle Phillips.

It is estimated that over the past four decades farmers have spent 3 billion dollars in irrigation equipment.

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