Arnold Irrigation District bosses turn to new farming methods as drought persists | Environment

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Three years ago, when drought dried up her canal and left her fields barren, Courtney Schuur took an unusual step to save her cattle. Instead of bringing water and hay to her cows, she loaded them onto trucks and drove them to greener pastures.

Schuur, a patron of the Arnold Irrigation District on the east side of Bend, hauled her cattle a few miles down the road to farms in Central Oregon’s Irrigation District, a district with rights higher water. It has been an annual practice ever since.

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