Irrigation

Water Use Audits Offered to Farmers!

Farmers consume nearly 90 percent of Colorado's water, and Colorado State University is offering ways for them to use it more efficiently. A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to CSU's Center for Agricultural Energy will pay for reduced-cost irrigation efficiency audits for growers with center pivot systems.


April 17, 2014--Ag life a trying endeavor (Durango Herald)

Agriculture is a difficult profession in the best of times, but it’s an even bigger challenge during a drought. That’s one of the many takeaways from Wednesday evening’s panel discussing current and future issues for local agriculture sponsored by the League of Women Voters of La Plata County.

April 11, 2014--EPA administrator says water rule is intended to provide clarity for farmers (Feedstuffs)

According to FeedstuffsEnvironmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy says the newly proposed waters of the U.S. rule is meant to provide clarity and certainty for farmers to do what they do, which is farm.


April 10, 2014--Determining the sustainability of water, agriculture in Arizona (ASU News)

Central Arizona has a rich history of agriculture, contributing $9.2 billion toward the state’s economy. That water has near-absolute power in determining the region’s fate is not an over-reaching assumption. With increasing urban development and an uncertain climate, is this industry doomed or can it be sustained?


April 6, 2014--San Joaquin Valley sinking as groundwater stores are depleted (Sacramento Bee)

Flat as a tabletop, the furrowed, brown farm fields east of this San Joaquin Valley town are some of the most productive on Earth. Every spring, they are planted with a smorgasbord of crops that in one form or another are trucked to grocery stores across America, from fresh juicy tomatoes to freeze-dried onion flakes, honeydew melons to tortilla chips.


April 3, 2014--Water shortages for New Mexico farmers, fish (Albuquerque Journal)

Much of the snowpack in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado is already gone, but it seems to be blowing away in the wind rather than melting into the state’s streams and rivers. That has water managers scrambling to cope with the state’s fourth consecutive very dry year.


March 29, 2014--Who should get water deliveries divides California lawmakers (Fresno Bee)

Seasonal storms have exposed once more some perennial political divisions over California water. Citing the latest rainfall, seven of the state’s lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to free up more irrigation deliveries for San Joaquin Valley farms. The muscular Capitol Hill lineup is noticeable both for who’s on it and who’s not.


March 27, 2014--Study: Global warming will harm agriculture sooner than previously thought (Circle of Blue)

As hundreds of government officials and scientists huddle this week in Yokohama, Japan to polish the final draft of a major climate report, new research is revealing the depth and urgency of the puzzle the world must solve. Growing more food in the coming decades may be increasingly difficult sooner than expected, according to a clutch of recent climate studies.


March 24, 2014--Texas and Nevada join drought-plagued California (24/7 Wall Street)

Drought is so severe in some parts of California that scientists have observed that conditions may not significantly improve for decades. The problem’s worst effects reach across the state’s inland valleys, which are agriculture rich and therefore can least afford a prolonged lack of water. Many of the cities in this area have among the highest unemployment in the United States.


March 20, 2014--World Water Day (Imperial Valley News)

This Saturday, March 22nd, the world celebrates World Water Day. Water and agriculture are inextricably interlinked and interdependent. Agriculture is a major user of both ground and surface water for irrigation - accounting for about 70 percent of water withdrawal worldwide. Modern irrigation practices, including center pivot irrigation systems, can help improve crop productivity and yields.


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