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Bear River Project First Phase Idaho and Utah (Appendix E)

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The following report presents estimates of the value of irrigation and of the ability of water users to pay for irrigation water supplied from the development of the Bear River project. A general description of the existing agricultural economy and projections as to future economic conditions with development of the project are also presented in this study. The economic analysis of the Bear River project has been accomplished in accordance with Reclamation Instructions and directives concerning the preparation of feasibility reports. Irrigation payment capacity by the water users, expressed in dollars and cents, was accomplished through the farm budget method of analysis. The farm budgets are intended to represent the average farmer operating a family-size farm with average efficiency under conditions expected to prevail in the future "without" and "with" construction of the project. This analysis is also based on projected prices, normal crop yields, normal turnoff rates, etc. Data used in this report are both primary and secondary and were obtained from a number of sources. Primary data were obtained from farm management and field surveys conducted by the Bureau in and near the project area during 1958, 1959, and 1960. These data included information such as types of farming, size of farms, number and kinds of livestock, crop and livestock yields, prices received and paid, etc. The Bureau of Reclamation over a period of years has also assembled and developed information on farm-input requirements and related output values, much of which was adjusted and used in this report. Other data used were from U.S. Department of Agriculture, county governments, private enterprise, agricultural leaders, Utah State University, and others.


Two reports included in this appendix: Agricultural Economy; and Economic and Financial Analyses.