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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced USDA will invest about $8 million in the Ogallala Aquifer Initiative in Fiscal Year 2016 to help farmers and ranchers conserve billions of gallons of water annually while strengthening agricultural operations.
Clint Evans, Assistant State Conservationist for Operations in Idaho, was recently selected as the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) State Conservationist in Colorado. “It’s an exciting time,” shares Evans. “I’m looking forward to this opportunity to work with the NRCS employees, conservation partners, landowners and land managers across the state.” Evans started his career with NRCS in 2000, but his first experience with the Agency was in the late 1990s while working on the ranch where his then employer enrolled in the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP). As a result, Evans gained experience in conservation planning and practice implementation thru financial assistance programs from the customer’s perspective. He enjoyed working with the NRCS field staff so much that he decided to pursue a career with the Agency. After his tenure as a technician, Evans served in two Kansas field offices, was promoted to District Conservationist in Kingman, Kansas, moved to the Kansas State Office where he served as a Resource Conservationist on the programs staff, and then was selected as Idaho’s Assistant State Conservationist for Programs in 2009. He transferred to serve as Idaho’s Assistant State Conservationist for Operations in 2013. Additionally and in cooperation with his permanent assignments, Evans served on numerous details in other states and Washington, DC. Evans attended Kansas State University where he studied animal science, agri-business, and agronomy earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture.
New numbers out Thursday show Colorado's statewide snowpack has fallen. Preliminary estimates from the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service show the state's snowpack is at 69 percent of average. The state's climatologist said Colorado will need to have a strong finish to the spring snow season in order to even approach our average snowpack.
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.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will make $6 million in grants available this year and up to $30 million total over the next five years as part of a new initiative to provide solutions to agricultural water challenges.
The current wide spread drought is starting to take its toll, as hot weather and little precipitation wreck havoc on dryland crops across the state. The stress is being received at a crucial time, and could affect the production of the crops. On July 12, the USDA declared 1,016 counties in 26 states disaster-areas, the biggest declaration in USDA history.
July 12, 2012--Widespread drought causes corn prices to surge; grocery goods next? (Los Angeles Times)
Massive swaths of Midwest farmland are suffering through one of the most widespread droughts in history, causing corn prices to soar as the USDA scales back its predictions for a record crop. Corn farmers are expected to yield an average of 146 bushels an acre – a 20-bushel drop from the Department of Agriculture’s June estimate.
November 22, 2010--USDA announces unprecedented enrollment in voluntary effort to restore the nation's wetlands (La Junta Ag Journal)
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the nation's farmers, ranchers and Indian Tribes enrolled over 272,000 acres in the Wetlands Reserve Program in fiscal year (FY) 2010. The FY 2010 enrollment is the highest single-year enrollment in the program's history and is a 52 percent increase over FY 2009 when 179,000 acres were enrolled.
Dan Imhoff, the author of Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to a Food and Farm Bill, says the current legislation pits large industrial corporations against small farmers here and abroad and needs a major overhaul.