Water

California budget adds funds for ‘climate smart’ farming

Drought and climate loom large in the latest state budget, with programs aimed at helping farmers and ranchers with funding boosts. A $15 billion climate response program includes $1.1 billion to support "Climate Smart Agriculture"... more »

Western Lake Erie Basin farmers can get phosphorus reduction funds

Farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin – including parts of Ohio, Michigan and Indiana – can earn money through a phosphorus load reduction pilot program. The “Phosphorus Load-Reduction Stimulation Program” (PLUS-UP) program, coordinated by... more »

Water woes challenge Western ag

In September, when funding was gutted for a much-anticipated water bill, then withdrawn from the floor of the California state legislature, growers responded with fighting words. Senate Bill 559, also known as the State Water... more »

Innovations in Ag Irrigation Technology Demonstration and Showcase scheduled

The Innovations in Ag Irrigation Technology Demonstration and Showcase will be held Friday, Oct. 29 in person in and virtually. The Center for Irrigation Technology’s annual Ag Tech Day at Fresno State University showcases the... more »

National coalition seeks more water, conservation resources in reconciliation plan

With over 80% of the West currently experiencing severe, extreme or exceptional drought conditions, and more than 2.2 million acres of land already burned across the Western states, a national coalition representing agriculture, public water... more »

Regional districts file suit over California water supply cuts

California's reservoirs are nearly empty due to historic drought conditions. Water supplies for many farmers are curtailed or cut off entirely, leaving them to hope that Mother Nature brings winter rain and snowpack to rescue... more »

Natural disasters compound severe drought for Oregon farmers and ranchers

Oregon made national headlines this spring when the Bureau of Reclamation announced that the Klamath Project, an irrigation system spanning southern Oregon and Northern California, was not going to receive any water deliveries for the... more »

California fresh produce industry decries assembly action on SB 559

In response to California State Sen. Melissa Hurtado being forced to pull SB 559 after the California State Assembly Appropriations Committee removed all funding provisions, a coalition of leading California fresh produce organizations issued the... more »

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