Agriculture

February 14, 2014--Obama on California drought: Climate change threatens the nation (Huff Post)

Warning that weather-related disasters will only get worse, President Barack Obama said Friday the U.S. must rethink the way it uses water as he announced new federal aid to help drought-stricken California.


February 14, 2014--California’s drought: Cheap water, but no free lunch (Water Currents)

Today, President Obama visited California’s Central Valley, which may be in the midst of the driest winter in centuries. The President’s visit brings along with it federal disaster relief for farmers and communities on the verge of running dry.


February 14, 2014--Drought earns Archuleta County disaster status (Pagosa Springs Sun)

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated Archuleta County, along with fifteen other counties spanning the Colorado and New Mexico border, as contiguous disaster counties on Feb. 5. The USDA’s declaration came in response to losses suffered by farmers and ranchers in the area due to recent drought conditions.


February 13, 2014--Colorado Water Bank Project: Farmers & ranchers invited to discuss (CFWE)

The Colorado River Water Conservation District invites farmers, ranchers, and others interested in agricultural water use to a Colorado River Water Bank Ag Forum on Tuesday, March 4th. The forum will be an opportunity for irrigators to learn about the water bank concept, ask questions, and share their thoughts.


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.


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