U.S. Department of Agriculture

Water Use Audits Offered to Farmers!

Farmers consume nearly 90 percent of Colorado's water, and Colorado State University is offering ways for them to use it more efficiently. A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to CSU's Center for Agricultural Energy will pay for reduced-cost irrigation efficiency audits for growers with center pivot systems.


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.


July 31, 2014--How the drought in California impacts the price you pay for food (FOXCT)

With water sources drying up, farmers are looking for underground springs to support their livelihoods. Steve Arthur works in California’s San Joaquin Valley, drilling for water wells on drought-ravaged farms and ranches. “It’s just going crazy; people are starting to panic,” said Arthur, the owner of Arthur & Orum Well Drilling Inc.


July 23, 2014--How droughts are like recessions (Washington Post)

Everybody knows what drought is, right? It’s when lawns start to brown, creeks dry up, and you get a water conservation notice from the local utility. For the Colorado farmers in Lydia DePillis’s story, drought is a threat to their livelihoods — and getting their counties recognized as drought disaster zones means access to emergency loans and grants.


July 3, 2014--Drought disaster for S.W. Colorado (Durango Herald)

Severe drought conditions spurred the U.S. Department of Agriculture to issue disaster designations for 10 counties throughout Southwest Colorado and San Luis Valley, including La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties. The designations mean that local farmers and ranchers will be eligible for financial assistance from the Farm Service Agency.


June 28, 2014--U.S. schools struggle to offer clean drinking water (Water Online)

The federal government passed regulations to promote clean drinking water at schools, but many education districts still deserve an "F" for their performance. A regulation passed last year, which must be implemented by July, required "free drinking water at breakfast,” reported EdSource, an education policy group.


June 27, 2014--California may only have two years of water, other states not far behind (Water Online)

Each drought-afflicted state is unhappy in its own way. Just ask federal meteorologist Brad Rippey, who outlined the difficulties of U.S. water scarcity in a recent interview published by 24/7 Wall St.


June 21, 2014--Ushering in a new era of conservation (Grand Junction Sentinel)

This week, USDA launched the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, a new effort that will expand partnerships and boost investments in clean water, soil and wildlife conservation projects. The concept behind the program is simple: To feed a growing global population in the face of climate change, we must ask a lot of our land and water resources.


June 20, 2014--Final forecast confirms uneven water supply for West (Feedstuff)

The final water supply forecast for this year shows the West divided into a wet north and dry south while the snowpack has already melted in much of the region, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Water & Climate Center (NWCC).


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