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 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.


September 3, 2014--Research will examine climate, environmental impacts on water supplies (Farm Futures)

The National Science Foundation and the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture last week announced 26 awards totaling $25 million in the joint Water Sustainability and Climate program to fund research on water's link to climate change, land use and ecosystems.


August 31, 2014--Reducing water scarcity possible by 2050 (Phys.org)

Water scarcity is not a problem just for the developing world. In California, legislators are currently proposing a $7.5 billion emergency water plan to their voters; and U.S. federal officials last year warned residents of Arizona and Nevada that they could face cuts in Colorado River water deliveries in 2016.


August 30, 2014--Historic California groundwater regulations head to Gov. Jerry Brown (Sacramento Bee)

California could soon become the last state in the West to regulate water pulled from beneath the earth, with the Legislature on Friday advancing an unprecedented groundwater-management strategy. The Legislature passed the three-bill package after lengthy debate about whether state government should oversee pumping from the water table.


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