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.

February 27, 2014--USDA announces new grants for meeting water challenges (Greeley Tribune)

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.

July 13, 2012--Drought disaster in Colorado (The Fence Post)

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.

September 27, 2007--USDA Farm Bill: Roots of change (Boulder Weekly)

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.

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