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Water in the News

May 29, 2014

RSVP for a free lecture on agricultural research and innovation

In cooperation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Soil and Water Conservation Society invites the public to attend the 2014 Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Lecture, 4 p.m., on June 4, at the AAAS headquarters (1200 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.), featuring The Honorable Daniel Glickman, Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. His talk, “A Food and Agricultural Research Agenda to Deal with the Asteroids of the Future,” will address the role that food, agriculture and natural resources play in providing for a secure food supply and a sustainable economy.

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USDA provides assistance to agricultural producers to improve water quality
Farm & Ranch Guide

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that $33 million in assistance will be provided to farmers and ranchers to make conservation improvements that will improve water quality in 174 watersheds. Funding is provided through the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI), administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Now in its third year, NWQI expanded to include more small watersheds across the nation, and it builds on efforts to target high-impact conservation in areas such as the Mississippi River basin, Gulf of Mexico, Chesapeake Bay and Great Lakes.

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Hoeven: Appropriations Committee supports acre-for-acre mitigation, water management, strong ag research
Farm & Ranch Guide

Sen. John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the committee has approved the Fiscal Year 2015 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. The senator also served on the Senate-House Conference Committee that negotiated the final version of the new five-year farm bill.

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Bioreactor could eliminate some farm byproduct runoff
Suothest Missourian

In an effort to decrease nitrate-nitrogen levels in waterways, Southeast Missouri State University’s David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center in Gordonville has set up a bioreactor — an underground chamber designed to remove nutrients from farm fields fitted with subsurface drainage systems.

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How to avoid fracking water wars
Evnironmental Leader

In some drier locations, the shale gas boom causes conflict among the energy industry, agricultural interests and residents over already-scarce water resources, according to researchers writing in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

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USDA to invest in conservation through new program
The Des Moines Register

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled a sweeping new program on May 27 under which the department will work with businesses, conservation organizations, universities and other groups to fund water and soil conservation projects across the United States. The $2.4 billion initiative will allow the government to maximize what it could do on its own by getting others more directly involved in identifying and funding conservation programs that directly affect agriculture.

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