Agriculture

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.


September 27, 2014--3 ways to save Arizona's water supply (Arizona Central)

We are benefiting now from past strong water planning and leadership. Today we need more creative thinking and action to avoid water shortages that will come. Demand for water in the seven-state Colorado River basin now exceeds supply. Much of the water actually leaves the Colorado basin to places like Denver, Los Angeles, San Diego and Salt Lake City. The drought only makes it worse.


September 27, 2014--When the Wells Run Dry: Helping farmers grow more with less (Climate Confidential)

Water scarcity is closely linked to food insecurity and thus hunger and poverty. Today, some 2.8 billion people face water scarcity, a number that’s set to increase to half the world’s population by 2030, according to the United Nations.


September 25, 2014--It all comes down to water: Justice Hobbs meanders through water law (Telluride Watch)

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs’ favorite tool for teaching about the history of water law in Colorado is the Land Office Map of 1902.


September 18, 2014--Urban, agricultural communities clash over Colorado Water Plan (Greeley Tribune)

By 2050, projections place Northern Colorado’s population at double its current level — a forecast that threatens to not only challenge but possibly tap out the region’s water resources. In the South Platte Water Basin, a 22,000-square mile district including Weld County, this population boom could equate to major water shortages in the not-so-distant future.


September 16, 2014--Gov. Jerry Brown signs historic groundwater management legislation (Los Angeles Times)

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a trio of bills Tuesday establishing a framework for statewide regulation of California's underground water sources, marking the first time in the state's history that groundwater will be managed on a large scale. "This is a big deal," Brown said at a signing ceremony in the Capitol.


September 16, 2014--The decline of the small American family farm in one chart (Washington Post)

"Today’s farms are fewer and bigger." That's how the United States Department of Agriculture put it in the agency's new Agriculture and Food Statistics report. It's also, pretty clearly, what the chart above — which was included in the report (p. 6) — shows. Peak farm, as it happens, happened almost 80 years ago in the United States.


September 13, 2014--Alarm as almond farms consume California's water (Guardian)

Touted as the ultimate superfood and an essential ingredient in everything from mezze to marzipan: the humble almond has never been so popular.


September 6, 2014--Global drought threatens water, food supplies. Get used to it. (NBC News)

The U.S. is hardly alone when it comes to drought. A worldwide weather phenomenon threatens the future of water and food supplies, as well as the global economy, experts say. Colombia, Pakistan, Somalia, Australia, Guatemala, China and Kenya are just a few of the other countries suffering severe drought conditions.


September 5, 2014--Ag leader stresses need for more options in Colorado Water Plan to protect farms and ranches (Colorado corn)

Colorado Corn board member and Colorado Agricultural Water Alliance (CAWA) president Charlie Bartlett recently voiced concerns about the Colorado Water Plan draft, stressing to officials that it focuses too much on alternative water transfer methods as the way to protect agriculture, and not enough on other avenues, like new water-storage projects.


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