One reason for resistance to cooperative agriculture is that farmers in many rural communities are still caught in a pattern of internal competition and conflicting efforts, so that they find themselves operating separately in purchasing, marketing and crop experimentation. For example, farmers who have not contributed to the construction of irrigation improvements are not entitled to water rights, and this isolates them from their fellow farmers. When they come to market their products, the dominance of a single industry in the local town may isolate farmers from other markets where prices are better. These conditions, combined with the traditional hazards of farming - a short growing season, crop failures and frustrating markets - exclude farmers from new agricultural developments. Economic recession means that some farmers will stop farming altogether.