Water

FDA to extend compliance dates for agricultural water standards

Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it is exploring ways to simplify the agricultural water standards established by the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) produce safety rule (PSR) after receiving... more »

Review requested regarding Michigan wetlands program

Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce are asking the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new Administrator, Scott Pruitt, that the agency conduct a second review of the state’s Clean Water Act permitting... more »

Website tracks EPA’s review of ‘Waters of the US’

EPA is launching a new website (www.epa.gov/wotus-rule) to provide the public with information about EPA’s review of the definition of “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) as set out in the 2015 “Clean Water Rule.” The... more »

Switch to new irrigation system depends on future droughts

Investing in efficient irrigation systems usually requires significant capital. As with other capital-intensive investments, doing it would only make economic sense if the benefits exceed the costs. Each farmer can estimate the cost of switching... more »

Trump signs executive order for WOTUS review

President Trump signed an executive order on Feb. 28 for the review of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule under the Clean Water Act. The executive order directs the the Environmental Protection Agency... more »

USDA invests $4.8M in university agricultural programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has issued 19 grants totaling $4,790,100 to support agricultural science programs at non-land-grant universities. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Capacity... more »

UGA advises growers to check irrigation systems now

Exposed to weather and wildlife during the winter months, irrigation systems can incur a multitude of problems during the growing season if they are not addressed now, according to Wes Porter, University of Georgia Cooperative... more »

CDFA announces agricultural water efficiency program

The California Department of Water Resources and the California Department of Food and Agriculture have released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for joint applications involving funding for both agricultural water suppliers and agricultural operations. This... more »


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