Farm Bill

May 14, 2015--Colorado begins $3.4 million effort to save ag water, use it to make power (Denver Post)

Colorado is embarking on a federally backed $3.4 million experiment to transform the flood irrigation farmers use to grow crops: tapping diverted water more efficiently and generating electricity. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack kicked off the "small hydropower" project Monday in Denver and announced $235 million in new federal grants nationwide to spur innovation around water,


May 5, 2015--Colorado begins $3.4 million effort to save ag water, use it to make power (Denver Post)

Colorado is embarking on a federally backed $3.4 million experiment to transform the flood irrigation farmers use to grow crops: tapping diverted water more efficiently and generating electricity.


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.


May 17, 2014--Bennet, Udall, Tipton fight for Farm Bill resources to sustain Colorado River Basin (Political News)

Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet, Mark Udall, and Congressman Scott Tipton are requesting that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) designate the Colorado River basin as a Critical Conservation Area (CCA) under the 2014 Farm Bill’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).


May 1, 2014--U.S.D.A. announces $386 million in conservation programs (Northern Colorado Business Report)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for new conservation initiatives created by the 2014 Farm Bill.  The programs will provide up to $386 million to help farmers restore wetlands, protect working agriculture lands, support recreational activities and boost the economy, the agriculture department said.


February 6, 2014--New Farm Bill spurs partnership between agriculture, clean water agencies (Water World)

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) praised the Senate's passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (H.R. 2642) on Monday, Feb. 4, following passage by the House last week. This landmark five-year legislation includes key provisions to strengthen the links between the nation's working agricultural lands and its quality of waters.


January 29, 2014--Farmers relieved overdue farm bill deal reached (Fence Post)

Colorado farmers expressed relief in hearing that a proposed farm bill — long overdue — had passed out of the Farm Bill Conference Committee. At about 4:15 p.m. Monday, a news release from the office of Sen.


November 20, 2013--Will the farm bill leave private lands conservation behind? (High Country News)

Right now, following the farm bill’s progress seems a lot like watching corn grow. The bill is due for reauthorization and the senators and representatives charged with finding a compromise are under pressure to make progress before Thanksgiving.


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