SPECIAL REPORT: Without water, farmers are facing the toughest conditions

Outlet: The Pueblo Chieftain

May 15, 2013

LAS ANIMAS — In the catalog of what can go wrong in farming, drought occupies a spot near the top. Farmers can borrow money, shoulder more expensive production costs and weather low prices. They can diversify their crops to prevent disease or hail from wiping them out. They can find cattle to rebuild herds after a disastrous sudden blizzard. Even in a down economy, they can usually find jobs in town to supplement their income.