Agriculture

October 8, 2014--Ag water conservation (Gazette Xtra)

Throughout the nation, growers, farmers and ranchers are contending with water scarcity caused by rising global temperatures, climate variability, droughts, floods, pollution, growing populations and increased demands. However, as those in agriculture always do, they adapt to stay viable.


October 5, 2014--Water officials battle overpumping irrigators (Topeka Capital Journal)

Kansas state records show that fewer irrigators are pumping more than they are allowed but that the issue remains a problem as the Ogallala Aquifer shrinks. Last year, state officials hardened the fines, hoping to curb overpumping, The Hutchinson News reported.


October 3, 2014--Dam gets dedicated (Durango Herald)

The traditional ribbon cutting Thursday officially brought on line the Long Hollow Reservoir, raising the hopes of irrigators for a more consistent supply of water. Already the reservoir, capacity 5,300 acre-feet, has seen a little accumulation of water from recent heavy rain funneled into it via Long Hollow Creek and Government Draw.


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.


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