State Funnels More Money to Addressing Water Woes

Dan Aquaculture, Florida, Industry News Release, Water

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is pumping another $4 million into efforts to help local communities suffering from red tide and a massive algae outbreak, raising spending to $13 million for the water problems. The agency’s money will be used in Pinellas, Manatee, Collier, Sarasota, Lee and Martin counties. The added spending, announced Tuesday by Gov. Rick Scott’s office, …


USDA Partners to Improve Water and Wastewater Infrastructure for Rural Americans

Dan Economy, Environment, Industry News Release, Water

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that USDA is investing $392 million (PDF, 238 KB) to help rebuild and improve rural water and wastewater infrastructure in 42 states. “Put simply, modern and reliable water infrastructure is foundational to quality of life and economic development,” Hazlett said. “USDA’s partnerships with rural communities underscore Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s commitment to rural …


Scott Water Comments Refuel Political Fighting

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Water

South Florida’s water troubles continued to be a hot political issue Friday after Gov. Rick Scott said the U.S. Senate is backing the state’s plan to build a reservoir in the Everglades Agricultural Area. The announcement came on the same day two Democratic Cabinet candidates — Nikki Fried, who is running for agriculture commissioner, and Jeremy Ring, who is running …

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Agri View: Florida – Georgia Water War Goes On

Dan Agri View, Florida, Georgia, Water

Everett Griner talks about the continuing water war between Florida and Georgia in today’s Agri View. Everett tells us some of the history of the water battle between the states, and why. Florida – Georgia Water War Goes On Many thought the longest water fight in the country would end. The Supreme Court threw the battle back to Georgia and …


Environmental Groups Seek Clean Water Language in Farm Bill

Dan Environment, Industry News Release, Water

Environmental groups want clean water regulations in the farm bill. A coalition of environmental groups penned a letter to the farm bill conference committee with suggestions the coalition claims will “help address the challenges facing the nation’s drinking water supplies.” In a news release on the topic, the Environmental Working Group claims that America’s drinking water is under threat from …


AFBF, Coalition Seek Reprieve from Order Reviving Flawed WOTUS Rule

Dan Industry News Release, Water

On behalf of America’s farmers and ranchers, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) on Monday asked a federal district court in South Carolina to stay its order striking a rule that delayed implementation of the flawed 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule. Without a stay, the court order has the effect of immediately reviving and implementing the controversial WOTUS rule …


UF/IFAS a Trusted Source of Agricultural-Related Information

Dan Field Crops, Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Livestock, Research, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Vegetables, Water

Florida’s county commissioners look to the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) for reliable agricultural-related information, according to a recent study. In May 2018, the UF/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (PIE Center) surveyed 43 county commissioners to identify the sources they use for information on agriculture, food, water and natural …


Ag Groups Respond to WOTUS Ruling

Dan Industry News Release, Water

Last week’s federal court ruling lifting a delay on the controversial, Obama-era Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule has drawn a swift rebuke by key farm groups. American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duval calls the South Carolina U.S. District Court ruling that upends a Trump EPA delay of WOTUS until 2020 while the agency rewrites WOTUS, “misguided.” Here …