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January 12, 2015

Applications accepted for 9 watershed projects in Arkansas
Arkansas Online

Arkansas farmers and landowners have until Jan. 16 to submit applications for financial assistance to install conservation practices through nine Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative projects.  Michael Sullivan, a conservationist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said the projects in Arkansas are being implemented to accelerate conservation treatment to improve water quality, maintain productivity and enhance wildlife habitat.

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Arkansas agency seeks environmental award nominations
THV 11

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is accepting entries for its annual Environmental Stewardship Award.  The award recognizes citizens or organizations for their efforts to protect and enhance the state’s environment.

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Federal agency renews support for Arkansas Water Resources Center
UofA Division of Agriculture Communications

The Arkansas Water Resources Center passed its three-year evaluation and will be eligible to continue receiving federal funding. The AWRC, a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, received its annual base grant of $92,355 from the U.S. Geological Survey.  The AWRC is one of 54 water resources research centers across the nation that the federal program funds to support its work. The AWRC and the other centers use the funding to train new scientists, disseminate research results to water managers and the public and cooperate with other institutions in their regions on water issues.

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2015 water preview: States react to new era of water scarcity
Circle of Blue

Water roared to life in state politics in 2014. These actions represent an awakening in the United States that water supplies are not as abundant as once thought. A series of severe droughts in recent years — from Texas in 2011 to the Midwest in 2012 to California today — is the frontline reality of a hotter, drier era that is forcing state leaders to take stock of their water assets and reevaluate laws, regulations and investment strategies.

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Rotation is best thing for cotton
Southwest Farm Press

Ronnie Hopper and his son, R.N., believe in no-till crop production, and predict it will gain acceptance across the Texas High Plains as farmers deal with the increasingly serious problem of a declining water resource. Reasons for no-till cotton production include soil and water conservation, energy and labor savings, and replacing organic matter in the soil. The thing that makes it work, they say, is crop rotation.

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