May 27, 2014--River groups could get funding (Durango Herald)

The Colorado River basin is being listed as a critical conservation area under a new multi-billion dollar program that will fund conservation and soil-protection efforts, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack announced Tuesday.

May 26, 2014--Latest agricultural census shows a small-farm revolution (High Country News)

If you look at some numbers buried in the quinquennial agricultural census, the US Department of Agriculture’s clearinghouse of farm-related data. Over the last few weeks, the USDA has released a bunch of its numbers from the 2012 census — the most recent available.

May 25, 2014--Droughts affect 30% of the country; What it means for our food supply (Medical Daily)

The entire state of California is in a severe drought, and six other states are also at risk. As of now, more than 30 percent of the United States is experiencing one of the worst droughts in recent history.

May 25, 2014--What if the drought continues for another 10 years? (Arizona Central)

Arizona is into the second decade of drought. A visit to Lake Mead is sobering. Conversations are starting about where the state will get water in the future. We asked two experts: What if the drought continues for another 10 years? Let's assume things continue pretty much like they have for the last decade, but don't get markedly worse.

May 24, 2014--USDA provides assistance to agricultural producers to improve water quality (Agri View)

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that $33 million in assistance will be provided to farmers and ranchers to make conservation improvements that will improve water quality in 174 watersheds. The announcement was made on the Secretary's behalf by Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Ann Mills during a Hypoxia Task Force meeting, held in Little Rock, Ark.

May 23, 2014--Can state learn to share water? (Pueblo Chieftain)

A state water plan may be putting too much weight on alternative transfer programs that seek to temporarily provide water to cities from farm lands.

May 21, 2014--California takes first step toward curtailing water rights (Rueters)

Some farmers and community water districts in drought-hit California could soon face limits on their ability to use water from strained streams that flow into the Sacramento River.

May 21, 2014--Drought's economic pain is shared by farms, businesses, shoppers (NBC News)

The dry conditions in the western U.S. are so bad that even many of the companies that are thriving in the drought feel economic pain. Case in point—Limoneira, of Santa Paula, California, and one of the largest U.S.

May 19, 2014--The two sectors that suck up most of our water (Wall Street Journal)

In the U.S., we tend to react to drought by focusing on obvious symbols of water consumption, like golf courses, swimming pools and lush green lawns. If we’re serious about saving water, though, we need to focus on the places where we use the most of it: our food and energy systems. According to the U.S.

May 17, 2014--Bennet, Udall, Tipton fight for Farm Bill resources to sustain Colorado River Basin (Political News)

Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet, Mark Udall, and Congressman Scott Tipton are requesting that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) designate the Colorado River basin as a Critical Conservation Area (CCA) under the 2014 Farm Bill’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

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