|The city of Torreón is located in the State of Coahuila in central Mexico. Founded in 1893, Torreón is a modern industrial city that is home to flour mills, textile plants, iron foundries, a rubber factory, and various other industries. Torreón is also situated in a rich agrarian region noted for its cotton and wheat farms and cattle ranches.|
Since the 1970s, however, there has been a significant decrease in cropland in the Torreón region due to drought and subsequent extraction of ground water from aquifers. In 1992, the Mexican government passed the Federal Water Law, in which the government sought to shift responsibility for some water management rights issues from federal to local governments, or even individuals. This left farmers in a position to negotiate their own water rights. At the same time, however, prices of water for irrigation were also raised. The amount of land around Torreón on which crops are raised continues to decrease.
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