Agriculture

December 14, 2014--Colorado needs this water plan (Times Call)

If the value of water to Colorado's future was ever in doubt — and, no, it never was — then the recently released draft of a state water plan should make clear just how important this resource is, from Denver to Durango. Prepared for Gov.


December 13, 2014--Arizona farmers take hit to stave off water crisis (Arizona Central)

All it takes is 10 feet of water to go from caution to crisis on the Colorado River. That's why Arizona farmers like Dan Thelander support a new agreement that will help conserve the amount of water in Lake Mead even though it could mean short-term sacrifices for them.


December 10, 2014--Colorado water plan draft goes to Hickenlooper to address shortfall (Denver Post)

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday received a draft water plan that he requested to help Colorado confront challenges including a 163 billion-gallon projected shortfall. The Colorado Water Plan, written by the Colorado Water Conservation Board, reflects efforts to sustain a growing economy and population expected to double to 10 million by 2050.


December 8, 2014--Farming in America shifts as cities buy up rural water rights (Water Online)

Water challenges may be shifting the landscape of U.S. agriculture. "As we continue to push Western water supplies beyond their limits, growing cities are gradually idling farmland to meet their own water needs.


December 5, 2014--Only 60 years of farming left if soil degradation continues (Reuters)

Generating three centimeters of top soil takes 1,000 years, and if current rates of degradation continue all of the world's top soil could be gone within 60 years, a senior UN official said on Friday.


December 5, 2014--The critical role crops play in the Earth's CO2 cycle (Environmental News Network)

Each year, the planet balances its budget. The carbon dioxide absorbed by plants in the spring and summer as they convert solar energy into food is released back to the atmosphere in autumn and winter. Levels of the greenhouse gas fall, only to rise again. But the budget has gotten bigger.


December 4, 2014--Not enough water for farmers and frackers (Water Online)

A new research report by MSCI Inc. says that in the coming years, there will be a clash between industry and agriculture over water resources. As The Guardian recently put it, "Which would you rather have: lettuce and carrots for your salads, or affordable gasoline for your car?


December 4, 2014--Toledo mayor: US must focus on water quality (Washington Post)

The mayor of Toledo, Ohio, called Wednesday for the federal government to devote full attention to improving water quality in America’s lakes and rivers, describing the toxic algae blooms that tainted his city’s water supply this summer as a danger “doomed to be repeated.” Mayor Michael Collins appeared before the Senate Agriculture Comm


December 3, 2014--Proposed GOP overhaul of California water laws looks dead (San Francisco Gate)

A last-ditch effort by Central Valley Republicans to push an overhaul of federal water policy through Congress during this session met with opposition Wednesday from at least one California senator, all but ensuring that the bill will die until next year. Sen.


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