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.

April 11, 2014--EPA administrator says water rule is intended to provide clarity for farmers (Feedstuffs)

According to FeedstuffsEnvironmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy says the newly proposed waters of the U.S. rule is meant to provide clarity and certainty for farmers to do what they do, which is farm.

March 26, 2014--Ag’s exemptions, exclusions from Clean Water Act expanded by new proposal (Greeley Tribune)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources.

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 12, 2014--Las Vegas water pipeline plan challenged over rural impact (Bloomberg Businessweek)

A Las Vegas water pipeline project from eastern Nevada that won U.S. government approval was challenged in court by environmental groups that said that it will deplete rural groundwater supplies.

February 7, 2014--Colorado records above-normal snowpack for second consecutive month (Summit Daily)

A significant storm across Colorado during the last week of January was enough to boost the snowpack numbers for the month to above average. The Natural Resources Conservation Service of Colorado, a division of the U.S.

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--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.

February 3, 2014--Religious leaders, farmers pray for water in West (KATU.com)

Religious leaders of multiple faiths and farmers in Nevada and Utah turned to prayer this weekend for help easing severe drought conditions gripping the West. The plea to above comes weeks after the federal government declared parts of 11 parched Western and Central states natural disaster areas.

January 12, 2014--Colorado's flooded farmers, ranchers wait and worry as spring nears (Denver Post)

With Colorado's spring planting just weeks away, this year's early crops are threatened by a shortage of water after last year's late crops drowned in it. The slow response of government agencies tasked to help is proving to be a heavy weight on farmers and ranchers who say they are sinking fast.

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