Pinal farmers’ property rights to be diminished by government rule starting Jan 1; meeting held to discuss the issue

By Melissa St. Aude | Casa Grande Dispatch

A group of Pinal County farmers is preparing to take legal action against the Arizona Department of Water Resources if a plan to zero out agricultural groundwater credits is implemented.

Farmers Against State Takings (FAST) held its first official meeting Wednesday, attracting a roomful of farmers, growers, residents and area lawmakers.

Jordan Rose, an attorney with Rose Law Group who has been retained by the farmers, said the farmers group hopes to have the ADWR plan repealed before Jan. 1 or at least delay its implementation.

Should that not work, she said, the group is prepared to take the issue to court.

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