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Water in the News

April 2, 2013

Study details future nutrient use
Southwest Farm Press
A new study indicates that even if adequate acres for planting and sufficient water to grow additional high production crops were available, the outlook for sufficient food, fuel and fiber over the next 40 years is dismal unless plant nutrient use is better managed. The study indicates that to meet global food demand, use of genetics to improve crop productivity, promotion of soil conservation and management and efficient use of nutrients is necessary.

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Commentary: Political courage needed to solve water issues
Des Moines Register
Editor’s note: This article will only be available through the Des Moines Register’s archives program after March 29.

The public comment period for the Iowa’s nutrient reduction strategy has ended, but after spending 50 years working on land and water conservation issues, both nationally and internationally, columnist Max Schnepf feels compelled to offer some thoughts on this policy initiative.

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Schwartz bill eases way to conserve agricultural water use in Colorado
Aspen Times
Ranchers and growers in the Roaring Fork Valley and elsewhere in the Colorado River basin would have a new incentive for conserving water without jeopardizing their water rights under legislation moving forward in Colorado. Sen. Gail Schwartz, who put forth the bill, said she hopes to encourage water conservation among agricultural users without punishing them in the process.

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More crop per drop’ is 1 goal of water conservation group
Nebraska Radio Network
Nebraskans are being encouraged to consider their “water footprint” and to think of ways to preserve and conserve the finite water supply. “Around 70 percent of all fresh water is used in agriculture,” Danielle Nierenberg, co-founder of the Food Think Tank, says. “Finding ways for farmers to get more crop per drop is really important, especially as climate change takes a bigger hold on not only places like sub-Saharan Africa but also here in the United States.”

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Bill would give farmers 10-year reprieve on new regulations
The Baltimore Sun
A bill moving through the General Assembly would give Maryland farmers a 10-year reprieve from new state or local environmental regulations if the state Department of Agriculture deems they’re doing their part to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

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Wisconsin farmland conservation efforts take double hit in proposed budget
The Cap Times
Across the Wisconsin’s 72 counties, conservationists assist farmers who participate in programs that help them manage waste and keep it out of nearby water sources. So county and environmental officials are alarmed at two items in Gov. Scott Walker’s 2013-15 budget proposal that would lead to fewer county-level conservation agents on the ground to respond to emergency runoff situations and less state funding to encourage farmers to participate voluntarily in conservation programs.

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