One New Mexico city is paying local farmers up to $400 per acre to switch from irrigation to dry land farming.

According to KRQE-TV, the city of Clovis, N.M., hopes paying farmers to stop watering their crops will help conserve the Ogallala Aquifer, the city’s only source of water that has been nearly depleted after years of drought and extensive irrigation.  Clovis plans to pay the farmers using federal grand money.

Currently two-thirds of the state is in moderate or worse drought.

Local farmer Frank Blackburn believes the transition will be difficult but must be done before the community runs out of water.

Read more from KRQU-TV here.