Study finds irrigation pumps 16,000 jobs into Panhandle economy

“Irrigation is clearly a major source of fuel for the region’s economic engine,” said Dr. Darren Hudson who conducted the study and holds the Larry Combest Chair for Agricultural Competitiveness at Texas Tech University.

Irrigation of crops directly contributes more than $1.6 billion a year and 16,650 jobs to the economy of the Amarillo region, according to a study released Wednesday at the Texas Commodity Symposium.

“Irrigation is clearly a major source of fuel for the region’s economic engine,” said Dr. Darren Hudson who conducted the study and holds the Larry Combest Chair for Agricultural Competitiveness at Texas Tech University.

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