As a state agriculture expert—and as a third-generation Delaware farmer—Donald Clifton grapples with the issue of irrigation.
Clifton, Delaware Executive Director of the USDA’s Farm Service Agency, grows corn on his 1,000-acre farm in Milton. He has irrigated one quarter of his land and allows nature to water the rest of it.
Each year Clifton does a cost-benefit analysis to decide whether to expand his irrigation system. So far he has held off.