Drought forces farmers to get creative

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A new study shows the ongoing drought is forcing New Mexico farmers to find new ways to make money.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture census shows net income dropped by almost half over the last five years for each of the farms surveyed.

To survive, farmers are trying out new crops like pecans, melons and specialty vegetables.

They’re also using more nurseries and greenhouses.

New Mexico is now entering its fourth consecutive year of drought following one of the driest winters on record.

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