Agriculture

February 12, 2014--California drought exacerbated by bad farm and water policies (Washington Post)

The harm caused by the severe drought in California has been exacerbated by bad policy. For decades, the federal government has heavily subsidized water in the state, particularly for crop irrigation. Artificially low water prices have encouraged overconsumption and planting in dry areas where farming is inefficient and environmentally unsound.


February 12, 2014--Flex marketing bill advances (Pueblo Chieftain)

The state House approved legislation that creates a new type of water right called flex marketing last week and sent it to the Senate. “We still believe this is a Trojan horse,” said Jay Winner of the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District.


February 11, 2014--Farmers told to prep for shortage (Pueblo Chieftain)

It's no secret to farmers that the Arkansas Valley usually is short of water. But future consequences of the shortfall are illustrated by actions that already have occurred in the South Platte River and Rio Grande basins. The coming crisis was discussed last week at the Arkansas Valley Farm/Ranch/Water Symposium, which attracted about 200 participants.


February 11, 2014--Ranching, water issues take center stage (Cortez Journal)

Local politicians and public lands officials covered a variety of issues, rules, and new laws during the Southwest Colorado Livestock Association annual meeting at the Cortez Elks Club Saturday morning.


February 6, 2014--Tipton: Red tape impedes water storage (Valley Courier)

In a House Natural Resources Water and Power Subcommittee hearing, Congressman Scott Tipton (RCO ) stressed that federal red tape is blocking needed water storage projects, impeding prudent supply management, and jeopardizing agriculture production, environmental protection and flood control. "The importance of prudent water su


February 6, 2014--New Farm Bill spurs partnership between agriculture, clean water agencies (Water World)

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) praised the Senate's passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (H.R. 2642) on Monday, Feb. 4, following passage by the House last week. This landmark five-year legislation includes key provisions to strengthen the links between the nation's working agricultural lands and its quality of waters.


February 5, 2014--Obama admin creating 7 regional 'climate hubs' to help rural areas adapt to climate change (Associated Press)

Aiming to help rural communities deal with climate change, the Obama administration is creating seven regional "climate hubs" that will serve as clearinghouses for information and outreach about extreme weather across the U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was to announce the new hubs Wednesday at the White House.


February 4, 2014--The 'American Nile' is in danger of water shortage: Grand Canyon at risk (Science World Report)

The Colorado River has been flowing for six million years, carving out the Grand Canyon and providing water supply for nearly the entire Southwest. Now, environmentalists argue that agriculture, population growth, and climate change all have detrimental effects on the historic body of water. Farming was the first issue that began dwindling the river's resources.


February 4, 2014--California drought saps water reserves above and below ground, says satellite data (Circle of Blue)

Trapped in a dry phase among the worst in the last 500 years, California is losing water reserves as if through a sieve, according to satellite data released Monday. The data also show that groundwater, a common safety net in times of drought, is being guzzled unsustainably in the state’s prime farming region, the Central Valley.


February 4, 2014--USDA launches fund to help drought-stricken California farmers (Los Angeles Times)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will make $20 million available to California farmers to boost water conservation efforts amid one of the worst droughts in state history.


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