An Arcata company has developed a method to nurture plants without soil and with little water. They are saying it could be a big step toward dealing with the drought and its effects on farms. Michael Christian of American Hydroponics (AmHydro) is saying that his equipment can reduce the use of water for crops by 90% in some cases. Christian said the concept of "hydroponics" is often connected with marijuana growing. But he said the principle is based on control and use of water. His products have been 30 years in the making and his company has just signed a contract with a Japanese firm for products that could be used throughout Asia. Christian said the only thing that is holding him back now is having people at the sites of the projects to oversee them. In other words, the sky is the limit.