The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Dec. 23 designated 12 counties in California as primary natural disaster areas, tied to damages and losses caused by a drought from Jan. 2 of this year to the present.
The counties include Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Marin, San Benito, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Sonoma, Trinity, Tulare, and Ventura....More
One question no one asks is: Why haven’t those who vow to protect the Delta try buying the islands themselves? Apparently the Swiss company that owns the land has had them on the market for a few years....More
It is difficult to erase the image of a dehydrated man crumpled on the side of a dusty Arizona-Mexico border road near Nogales, Ariz. vomiting bile in the dirt. A compassionate Border Patrol agent stands over him, giving what aid he can and asks necessary questions of the physically distressed human being.
The illegal immigrant was crossing with a group of others trying to get to the U.S. to work. He fell ill and was left behind to be found by a good Samaritan or die.
An agent radios for an ambulance. It’s an hour away....More
It’s a good thing water is not a precious and rare resource in California; otherwise the foot-dragging by state and federal government officials could be considered malfeasance.
A California farmer I know is trying to build a project on his property that will take excessive storm flows from a nearby river and flood them across his property in an effort to recharge the aquifer and give flood control managers a place to put high flows during abnormally-wet winters.
Call it planning ahead....More
While the current drought-influenced thinking causes most of us to consider how water can be better stored, conserved and conveyed, one recent report emphasizes the importance of protecting, enhancing, and using the supply below ground.
First of all, it acknowledges that much of California’s groundwater has been depleted or widely degraded, and concludes that new regulations, some of them still emerging, are resulting in a historic shift in the way the state’s agriculture sector is helping manage and protect groundwater resources....More
Crops and people are suffering through yet another year of drought, begging for a break and looking for ways to get wet.
Although meteorologists anticipate El Niño conditions this fall and winter could be the strongest in half a century and could let loose some meaningful rain in California, that’s only a temporary condition - a Band-Aid fix to arid conditions impacting many western states. ...More
About 60 leaders from Arizona’s diverse farming industry huddled in September for the Arizona Agriculture Water Summit. The goal was to identify agricultural water issues across the Grand Canyon State and how the food and fiber industries should work together to protect its vital and threatened water supply.
Farmers, ranchers, and leaders representing various agricultural organizations in Arizona divided into groups to learn about water issues across commodity areas and regions in the state....More
Arizona voters clearly understand the relationship between water, food, and the farm and ranch families who produce it, according to a recent poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies.
The poll results were released at the Arizona Agricultural Water Summit held Sept. 17 in Glendale.
The survey of likely Arizona voters provides a glimpse on how they think Arizona’s farm and ranch families are doing at conserving and managing water, and how voters might prioritize solutions today....More
Water insecurity, regulations, and increased demand, combined with an increasing population, makes it more critical than ever for growers to feed the world with less water and energy.
To address these concerns, Precision Laboratories introduces the product Tolero, an irrigation injection surfactant proven to increase crop yields while reducing irrigation water and the energy needed to move it....More