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Open Access Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts


Environmental Analysis

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Bowman Cutter

Reader 2

Char Miller

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Agriculture is the largest consumer of water in the United States. Policies that affect agriculture therefore have the potential to have a large effect on the overall use of water. Crop insurance is one such policy, which was found to significantly increase water use in the state of Texas. Much, but not all of this effect can be explained by an increase in planting density, and results vary widely by crop and by region.