The social, cultural and economic structure of the rural communities within the watershed has its roots in the land. Livestock grazing came with the first white settlers. Intertwined with the economic aspect of livestock operations are the lifestyles and cultures that have co-evolved with western ranching. Using water from streams and rivers to irrigate crops has made intensive agriculture possible on some of the private lands in the valleys and foothills. Much of the valley land produces forage crops such as alfalfa and pasture hay to maintain livestock all over the region as well as the resident beef cattle. Alfalfa from the intermountain region is prized by central valley and coastal dairy producers, and a lot of grass hay grown here serves the equestrian markets of Reno. In the Fall River area, row crops such as strawberry starts and mint are also grown.
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