The controversial rule revisions -- which the water district's board of directors will consider adopting within the next few months -- contain annual irrigation limits of 1.5 acre-feet, or 18 inches, per acre beginning
"They need to know the largest commodity can live with these rules," said
The group created a formal resolution when a show of hands revealed about 90 percent of the members in attendance support the water district's proposed rules. Their executive committee established a similar resolution a couple weeks ago, Heinrich said.
"I don't feel like I have the authority or privilege to vote on any man's private property," he said.
The water-rights coalition claims the proposed water restrictions violate the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable seizures.
"It is so important we do not put ourselves down this very slippery slope," Dawdy said.
"It's complicated," he said. "Does the water district have authority? I think so."
The water district proposed meter installation and groundwater limits in response to
Sell noted that when the bill takes full effect within a few months, its provisions will apply to 2014's recently planted crop.
"This choice you make will apply retroactively to what's in the field now," he said.
And those choices are plenty.
Farmers select their own types and amounts of coverage with the crop insurance that replaces direct payments.
"This is all very simple," he said. "... I would encourage anybody to start putting this data in there."
Sell recommended farmers seek additional confirmation from an insurance agent that they've made the right choice.
"This is definitely a farm bill where you're going to want to have a good crop insurance agent to guide you through," he said.
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