CA nut farm moving to AZ raises water concerns

Posted at 11:27 AM, Apr 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-03 14:27:12-04

A farm operation that is moving from California to Arizona to raise almonds and other nuts is drawing concern about whether it will deplete water supplies in Mohave County.

Quality Nut Co. owner Bruce Beard told the Kingman Daily Miner that he understands water is an issue. He said the 6,000-acre organic farm won't be planted all at once.

Beard said the Arizona Division of Water Resources studied the area's groundwater supply, and Kingman is in good shape.

Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson said the fully-planted farm will use nearly 8 billion gallons of water annually.

He said several companies are choosing Arizona as a logical place to move amid drought-related water restrictions in California and other parts of the world.

Johnson said agriculture ventures don't need supervisors' approval.