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Water in the News

May 3, 2013

Commentary: Keep CRP at work in new Farm Bill
The Dickinson Press
In the 1980s, “public concern increased over the damage caused by agricultural erosion and water runoff carrying sediments, nutrients and pesticides into water bodies,” the University of Florida’s Extension Service reports. Studies indicated that the nation’s cropland was eroding and suffering soil losses at rates exceeding 3 billion tons per year. But thanks to the Conservation Reserve Program, which pays farmers to take highly erodible or environmentally sensitive land out of production for 10 years, that trend has been reversed. Read More


Farmers, ranchers work to conserve biggest aquifer in the US
Ag Professional
With the help of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, farmers and ranchers are working hard to conserve the Ogallala Aquifer, a 225,000-square-mile underground basin vital to agriculture, municipal and industrial development. The aquifer stretches from western Texas to South Dakota and supports nearly one-fifth of the wheat, corn, cotton and cattle produced in the United States. Many farmers are switching their irrigation systems from gravity to sprinkler center pivots and subsurface drip irrigation systems, which can increase pumping efficiencies by at least 40 percent. Read More


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