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Water in the News

April 19, 2013

Conservation on farms is highly underestimated
The Star Democrat
According to a study by soil conservation experts released in March, farmers in Maryland’s Queen Anne’s, Kent and Howard counties have been implementing environmentally conscious practices on their own to the extent that the Watershed Implementation Plan will need to be re-evaluated. Conservation on Maryland farms in general, may be underestimated by 40 to 50 percent according to the data. Most of these undocumented practices were installed by farmers because it’s the right thing to do, the farmers said.

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California farmers tackle seawater intrusion

Central Valley Business Times
After more than six decades of painstaking efforts, farmers in the Salinas Valley region of California are on the verge of ending the advance of seawater intrusion into the groundwater they use to irrigate nearly $4 billion worth of crops. In addition to several water supply projects, farmers have invested in efficiency and conservation measures on a significant scale.

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Effort to cut UAE farms’ water use in half
The National
Farming authorities in the United Arab Emirates plan to cut agricultural water use in the Western Region almost in half. The Farmers’ Services Center, the government body that aims to modernize Abu Dhabi farms, has more than doubled the number of farms with water-saving irrigation systems through its Efficient Irrigation Fund.

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Commentary: Farms vs. environmentalists on agricultural chemicals
Newsday
The Long Island Farm Bureau said that the public has misconceptions about pesticides — starting with their very definition. The farm bureau and its statewide umbrella organization are in a tug-of-war with environmental organizations over what action New York State should take to protect water quality, especially on Long Island, which gets all of its supply from the one aquifer below ground.

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