Estimated Agricultural Irrigation Demand

Client: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Location: All districts, Florida

The Balmoral Group’s economists developed a GIS-based econometric model based on literature and original research to map and estimate water use for all 140,000+ farms in the state, including 25-year projections. The model (FSAID: Florida statewide agricultural irrigation demand) uses farm-level historic water use records, agronomic and physical attributes as well as crop price and land pressure variables. Estimates were developed with water management district input, stakeholder meetings and involvement in a number of various agricultural advisory meetings and other public meetings. Results are posted for stakeholder use at: [Powerbi]. The project has large scale impact, as all water management districts in the state are required to use the estimates or provide justification for using an alternative approach in their water supply plans for the supply of public drinking water, and project funding for providing alternative water supply.