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.


November 21, 2014--Report links climate change, federal insurance losses (Coloradoan)

Climate change could substantially increase losses in taxpayer-backed flood and crop insurance programs in coming decades, according to a new government report.


November 21, 2014--Farming the Ogallala (KRCC)

Towns are few and far between vast expanses of short grass prairie in Northeastern Colorado. This semi-arid desert gets on average only 17 inches of precipitation every year. But near the farming community of Wray, there’s a feedlot that depends on plenty of water.


November 19, 2014--Coalition releases comprehensive recommendations to help California's cities, farms and environment weather the drought (Water Online)

As dreams of a wet, El Niño winter fade and California heads into a possible fourth consecutive year of drought, a coalition of 15 environmental, fishing and public policy organizations released a set of recommended actions to modernize California’s water system and respond to the drought.


November 18, 2014--California's drought has reached Biblical-plague proportions. It's time for a drastic measure. (The Conversation)

Last January, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency following projections of severe drought. State bureaucrats and local officials jumped into action and mandated any number of water conservation tactics. While some have been relatively successful, most will do nothing.


November 18, 2014--Cities should look to nature to bridge investment gap in water sector (The Guardian)

The water sector has always struggled for investment, and each year the gap between dollars being spent and dollars that need to be spent on critical water infrastructure grows. The US, for example, is facing an $84bn funding gap by 2020, and it is estimated to grow to more than $140bn by 2040.


November 16, 2014--Study finds Americans using less water, but Idahoans use the most (Idaho Statesman)

A study by local, state and federal officials tracking everything from collective sips at the public fountain to irrigating crops to water used to cool nuclear power plants has found that water usage has dropped to levels of at least 40 years ago.


November 15, 2014--Colorado’s Ag head is hanging his hat (Durango Herald)

Colorado Agriculture Commissioner John Salazar is retiring at the end of the year to get back to what he knows best.


November 11, 2014--Landmark 20-year study finds pesticides linked to depression in farmers (Modern Farmer)

A landmark study indicates that seven pesticides, some widely used, may be causing clinical depression in farmers. Will the government step in and start regulating these chemical tools?


November 11, 2014--Factory and irrigation technologies have significantly cut US water use (Popular Science)

In 2010, the U.S. used less water than it has in a generation, according to a new announcement from the U.S. Geological Survey. American power plants, factories, farms, and homes used a total of 355 billion gallons of fresh and salt water a day in 2010. If you divide that amount by the U.S. population in 2010, it comes out to 1,150 gallons per person, per day.


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